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Princeton Human Services 1 Monument Drive Princeton, NJ 08540 609-688-2055


The Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) was created to assist residents affected by the coronavirus outbreak and in need of financial assistance. Please read the criteria below BEFORE completing the intake form.

Applicant Criteria
  1. RESIDENCY: Must be a Princeton resident, or have a child who attends a Princeton Public school
  2. COVID-RELATED: Debt must have occurred because of Coronavirus on or after March 9, 2020
  3. OTHER OPTIONS: Must have exhausted eligible public assistance programs including, but not limited to: Unemployment Insurance Benefits (UIB), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), General Assistance (GA), LIHEAP, employer assistance funds, etc.
  4. INCOME: Household income (pre- and post-Coronavirus outbreak) must fall below the 2019 COAH income limits
1 Person - $57,732
2 Person - $65,979
3 Person - $74,226
4 Person - $82,474
5 Person - $89,072
6 Person - $95,670
7 Person - $102,268
8+ Person - $108,865

CERF will consider expenses, such as:
  • Rent (Must be affordable)
  • Utilities
  • Childcare related to “essential employee” status
  • Non-medical devices and accessories lost due to CoVid
CERF will not consider expenses, such as:
  • Food
  • Personal Hygiene products or care
  • Student loan payments
  • Unrelated expenses - car maintenance
  • Identification (license, county ID, passport, etc.)
  • Copy of bill/rent ledger (for which you are seeking assistance)
  • Proof of loss of employment/income
  • Proof of unemployment application (if eligible)
  • 3 months of banking statements

Please gather supporting documentation prior to beginning the application as you will not be able to submit the application without them.

Disclaimer: Due to the emergent and fluid nature of this situation, determinations and awards of funding may change over time. As more information and federal or state resources become available, eligibility criteria may be adjusted.

Princeton is not responsible for administration of the CERF program.  While Princeton staff can answer questions and assist with the application process, all inquiries regarding operation of the program and decision-making should be directed to the Princeton Children’s Fund, which is serving as CERF’s lead organization.
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