Social Services FAQ

 
Am I eligible for welfare?
Wayne families and or individuals seeking assistance, such as SNAP (food stamps), General Assistance (cash assistance), and health insurance can call Passaic County Board of Social Services (973) 839-5705 or apply for services online at https://www.njhelps.org/. 

The Passaic County Board of Social Services mission is to implement state and national laws designed to assist families, achieve economic security, and obtain medical assistance with social service programs.

How can I sign up for low-income housing in Wayne?
Wayne Township does not issue low-income housing. Rentals and waiting lists are handled by the property owner or their management team. Some rental properties will place eligible Wayne residents on a waiting list. Some will not, as their waiting list is full. Call the Senior and Social Services Department (973) 694-1800 ext. 3281 for a list of participating low/moderate-income housing contact numbers. 

How do I get information about Section 8?
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sets income limits that determine eligibility for assisted housing programs including the Public Housing, Section 8 project-based, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Section 202 housing for the elderly, and Section 811 housing for persons with disabilities programs. HUD develops income limits based on Median Family Income estimates and Fair Market Rent area definitions for each metropolitan area, parts of some metropolitan areas, and each non-metropolitan county.

How do I register for WIC?
The Official WIC program is available to low to moderate-income pregnant women, recently delivered women, breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk. Fathers can also bring their children to apply for WIC. You may apply for WIC if you are working or unemployed. You must meet income guidelines to be eligible for WIC. Call St. Joseph’s WIC program to register (973) 754-4575 or visit St Joseph’s WIC Program.

Am I eligible to use Wayne Interfaith Network Food Pantry?
If you are a Wayne resident, in need of food, and meet specific financial criteria you may be eligible. Call the Senior and Social Services Department at (973) 694-1800 ext. 3281 for more information.

I need help with my utilities. Where can I go?
Utility bill payment assistance programs are available to low and moderate-income households. Eligibility is based on income. Low-income families can contact Weatherization and Home Energy at The Passaic County Website or call 973-569-4032 for assistance. Families ineligible for low-income assistance can apply for NJSHARES. NJ SHARES is a safety net for households in an emergency or crisis. Applicants must provide identification, current monthly income, and energy bill information. Visit NJSHARES.org for specific details about the program. The Social Services Director, 973-694-1800 ext. 3281, can provide information about the application process.

Are there any dental services I can get?
Yes. There are requirements to participate. Contact the Wayne Health Department’s Nursing Department, 973-694-1800 ext. 3237.

How do I register for the flu clinic? Where and when are they?
Flu Clinics are offered in teh fall. To register online, visit the Township of Wayne’s Online Activity Registration Portal and click the “Health Department” icon on the menu bar. Then choose the flu clinic that best fits your schedule. 

I need to get rid of old/unused medication. Where can I go?
Project Medicine Drop has two locations in Wayne: The Wayne Police Department, 475 Valley Road, in the Records Lobby and the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office, 435 Hamburg Turnpike.

I’m a veteran. Where can I get more information about services?
Passaic County Veteran’s Affairs (973) 569-4090. 

I need some resources for my senior parent(s), who should I contact?
You can call the Director of Social Services (973) 694-1800 ext. 3281.

When is the Senior Picnic?
The Senior Picnic is usually held in September at James W. Roe Memorial Pool. Call Parks and Recreation for more information (973) 694-1800 ext. 3260. You can also check Wayne Township’s Calendar on the website.

How do I participate in the Senior Olympics?
Call the Parks and Recreation Department (973) 694-1800 ext. 3260. 

Where can I get a handicap placard?
Applicants must complete the application form (SP-41), which can then be dropped off at the local Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) agency or mailed to: NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Special Plate Unit, PO Box 015, Trenton, NJ 08666-0015. Applications for temporary placards are available at any local police station or online. A qualified medical practitioner must certify that the applicant qualifies for a temporary placard. 

Are there any transportation services I can use?
Yes. NJ Transit has public transportation with multiple stops in Wayne. Visit NJ Transit or call 1-800-772-2222 for more information. 

The Township offers senior citizens bus transport services that have some restrictions and/or requirements, call (973) 694-1800 ext. 3260. 

The Passaic County Para Transit Program provides transportation for the county’s senior citizens and disabled residents in need of non-emergency rides to medical appointments, shopping centers, county-run nutrition, and adult day care sites, and for the disabled residents to attend group work programs. Call (973) 305-5756.

How do I donate to the food pantry?
You can drop off food at drop-off box locations in Wayne Health Department lobby or the pantry itself on 1 Pike Drive. To learn more about the pantry and their changing needs visit: https://www.winfoodpantry.org

Does Wayne Township loan out or accept donations of crutches, walkers, or wheelchairs?
No. 

I’d like to donate eyeglasses - where can I go?
The Lion’s Club has a yellow collection box in the parking lot of Sheffield Post Office, 150 Pompton Plains Cross Road, Wayne, NJ.

How do I register for Yoga and/or Lookin’ Good Exercise Programs?
Visit Wayne Township’s Online Activity Registration Portal and click the Health & Fitness button or call (973) 694-1800 ext. 3242 or 3281. 

When is the Health Fair?
THE WAYNE HEALTH FAIR HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The Wayne Health Fair is typically held in October at Wayne Valley High School. Check Wayne Township’s Calendar for details.

How can I become a vendor at the Health Fair?
THE WAYNE HEALTH FAIR HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. If interested in becoming a vendor at the Wayne Health Fair, contact the Health Educator at 973-694-1800 ext. 3242 or 973-831-5455.

When are the SMAC blood screenings offered?
THE SMAC BLOOD SCREENING HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Typically the SMAC Blood Screening is offered in April and October of every year. Pre-registration is required. Registration begins in mid-September and ends in mid-October. Call 973-694-1800 extension 3281 for an appointment.