Excluded New Jerseyans Fund to provide cash assistance of up to $2,000

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday that the state will allocate $40 million in federal funds for New Jerseyans who have previously been ineligible for federal assistance, including ITIN holders and others previously excluded from COVID relief assistance such as federal stimulus checks or unemployment insurance.

An ITIN is an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, which is used by people who do not have a Social Security number, including undocumented workers.

The program, called the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund, will provide a one-time cash assistance benefit of up to $2,000 to households with incomes up to $55,000 that can demonstrate they have suffered economic hardship due to COVID-19.

The program will begin accepting applications in the coming months.