Essex County Resources

This page contains a list of all the links pertaining to Essex county.

Please see below for a list of cities, towns and communities in Essex County:

  • Academy
  • Ampere
  • Belleville
  • Bloomfield
  • Brookdale
  • Caldwell
  • Cedar Grove
  • Doddtown
  • East Orange
  • Essex Fells
  • Fairfield
  • Glen Ridge
  • Grove
  • Ironbound
  • Irvington
  • Livingston
  • Maplecrest
  • Maplewood
  • Midtown
  • Millburn
  • Montclair
  • Newark
  • North Caldwell
  • North Center
  • Nutley
  • Orange
  • Overbrook
  • Roseland
  • Roseville
  • Short Hills
  • South Orange
  • Town Center
  • Upper Montclair
  • V A Hospital
  • Vailsburg
  • Verona
  • Washington Park
  • Watsessing
  • Weequahic
  • West Caldwell
  • West Orange
Life Skills programs can help you prepare to get a job, manage money, get connected with other resources in your community, make plans for your future housing and education, and many other things that can help you live more independently. See below for contact info for the Life Skills program in your area:
Independence: A Family of Services, Inc.
15 Smalley Terrace, Irvington, NJ 07111
Phone: 973-372-5601
Fax: 973-372-3401
The Bridge
1253 Clinton Avenue, P.O. Box 153, Irvington, NJ 0711
Phone: 973-589-8827
Fax: 973-372-6545
The North Ward Center Inc.
346 Mount Prospect Avenue, Newark, NJ 07104
Phone: 973-481-0415
Fax: 973-481-6071
Aftercare programs provide support services to young people between the ages of 18 and 22. They can help you find employment, housing and educational opportunities, and much more. See below for contact info for the Aftercare program in your area:
Independence: A Family of Services, Inc.
15 Smalley Terrace, Irvington, NJ 07111
Phone: 973-372-5601
Fax: 973-372-3401

Housing Program Descriptions
There are 3 basic types of housing programs for young people in New Jersey that are homeless or DCF-involved:

  1. Supervised Transitional Living Program (STLP):
    provides supervised housing and other supports to 16 to 21 year old youth. Young people can stay at these programs for 18 to 24 months. In addition to housing, these programs also help with daily living skills, employment, education, and finding long term stable housing.
  2. Transitional Living Program (TLP):
    provides semi-supervised housing and other supports to 18 to 21 year old youth. The length of time a young person can stay at one of these programs varies. These programs also help with daily living skills, employment, education, and finding long term stable housing.
  3. Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH):
    provides housing with voluntary services to 18-21 year old youth. There are no limits on how long young people can stay in one of these programs. Youth in these programs have a lease or sublet, and pay some portion of their income toward rent (less than 30%).
Below is a list of housing programs in Essex County. In order to find out if a program has openings and to see if you qualify, you must contact the Adolescent Housing Hub at 1-877-652-7624.
Click here for more information on the Adolescent Housing Hub

Program Name
Program Type
Care Plus Strive Apartments II 18 to 21 F TLP
Care Plus Strive Apartments I 18 to 21 M/F PSH
Covenant House Rites of Passage 18 to 21 M/F PSH
Covenant House Nancy’s Place 18 to 21 M/F PSH
Volunteers of America Step-Up Housing 18 to 21 M/F TLP

Supportive Apartment Living (SAL)
The last step in a continuum of housing services that Covenant House offers, our SAL project is a permanent supportive housing project for youth who demonstrate the maturity and skill needed to live independently with a minimum amount of direct supervision. Youth residents pay rent on a monthly basis, work as a group on maintaining the facility, and live with the responsibilities of being a tenant. To learn more, visit
Covenant House New Jersey- Newark
973-621-8705 ext. 3620

Contact one of the Lifeskills or Aftercare Programs above for information on how to apply for Wraparound Fund. For more info on how Wraparound Funding works - click here

Essex County College
Bloomfield College
Caldwell College
Eastern International College
Montclair State University
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Seton Hall University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – Newark

NJ One-Stop Centers
Are you looking for a job or occupational training? The New Jersey One-Stop Career Centers are the place to start, and can help you develop the skills needed to succeed in a 21st century work environment.
Amongst others, resources provided include the following:
  • Career exploration: help in identifying jobs that are interesting to you
  • Resume writing
  • Interview preparation
  • Occupational Training for jobs that are highly in demand by employers
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Connections to employers searching for workers
  • Educational Assistance
  • On-site resource rooms (computers, telephones, fax, etc.)

Click Here for more info on the Essex County- East Orange “One Stop”

Click Here for more info on the Essex County- Newark “One Stop”

New Jersey Youth Corps
New Jersey Youth Corps is one of the largest youth service and conservation corps in the United States. Youth Corps is a year-round, voluntary program which engages young adults (ages 16-25) in full-time community service, training, and educational activities.
Guided by staff who serve as mentors and role models, teams of youth called "crews" carry out a wide range of service projects. In return for their efforts to restore and strengthen communities, Corps members receive:
  1. education development in basic skills and preparation to obtain a GED or locally issued Adult High School Diploma;
  2. life skills and employability skills instruction;
  3. personal and career counseling to build self-esteem, clarify values, and develop leadership skills while they are developing their career portfolio;
  4. transition services and continuing support services as they transition to college, training, employment or other national and domestic service opportunities;
  5. community service opportunities which develop positive employability skills while addressing unmet community needs. Corps members receive a stipend while enrolled in Youth Corps.
Click HERE to see a list of NJ Youth Corps in your area

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
New Jersey’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) offer a wide range of health care services for the entire family. You don’t need health insurance to get care at a center. Centers serve the uninsured and underinsured, as well as patients with Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance. If you’re uninsured, your bill will be based on your ability to pay. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. For more information on the FQHC's click here. Click here for a list of all FQHC's in Essex County
Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthhod is a health care provider specializing in reproductive and sexual healthcare. Through pregnancy prevention, STD prevention, and sex education, Planned Parenthood empowers teens to make informed choices and lead healthy lives. With 28 offices in New Jersey, there is probably one close to where you live.
Click Here to Learn More and Find a Planned Parenthood Office in Essex County.
Click Here to See Special Information for Teenagers.
Mental Healthcare
NJ Children's System of Care has connections with many different types of supports if you or someone you know needs help. You can see all they have to offer by visiting here.
There are also some great hotlines out there if want to talk to someone now:
2NDFLOOR: is a confidential and anonymous statewide helpline for New Jersey's youth and young adults. You can call at (888) 222-2228 and find information on the website at
NJ211: provides information and assistance to all NJ residents in the areas of health, human services, community resources and government assistance programs. You do not have to be in crisis to seek help from NJ211. To access NJ211 dial 211 or visit the website at The alternative telephone number is 1-800-HELP555 (1-800-435-7555).
Treatment Groups
The NJ Division of Addiction Services Treatment Directory lists all kinds of drug and alcohol treatment programs that are open to teenagers and young adults.
Click HERE to access the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services homepage where you will find a link to a directory to access what programs are available in your county You can also look at programs that are just open to teenagers and young adults by selecting “Detail Search” on the directory webpage and selecting the check-box that says Adolescents
Support Groups
Support groups recovery programs are based on the idea that the best way to stay free of alcohol and drugs is surround yourself with other people who are also not users but who know the challenges of staying clean. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are two of the most well-known of these types of support groups. In some areas there are special meetings just for teens and young adults trying to stay drug-free. Meetings often take place church meeting halls and other community centers, but AA and NA are not affiliated with any religion.
Click here to search for Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings in your area
Click here to search for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings in your area
Family Connections
395 South Center St, Orange, NJ
Phone: 973-675-3817
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Carlos Lejnieks, CEO
500 Broad Street, 2nd Floor, Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973.642.2447

SPECTRUMS (Sexuality, Pride, Education, Community, Truth, Respect, Unity at Montclair State)
The LGBT Center serves as a co-advisor for Montclair State University’s student Gay-Straight-Alliance SPECTRUMS. SPECTRUMS is a student organization dedicated to educating the community to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues. They work to help end bigotry on the Montclair State University campus, to create a safe, supportive, and fun environment for GLBT students and allies, and to celebrate diversity.
Every Monday
SC 411-412
For more information email
Montclair State University GLBTQ Safe Space Program
The GLBTQ Safe Space Program identifies faculty, staff and students that have attended a Safe Space Program session. Participants in the GLBTQ Safe Space Program work to end homophobia and heterosexism on campus and create a visible network of support for the GLBTQ community. Some of the people who display the sticker or button identify as part of the GLBTQ community, while others are allies to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning individuals.
Montclair State University LGBT Center
The LGBT Center is now hosting a “Messages of Hope” campaign in which members of the MSU community will be able to leave anonymous and positive message to those going through the coming out process.
Montclair State University: Gay & Lesbian Faculty & Staff Association
Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
For more information email
Phone: 973-655-4168
We represent the diverse community of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender faculty and staff of Montclair State University.
Alternate Thursdays
First Lutheran Church of Montclair, 153 Park St, Montclair, NJ 07043
Any questions? Contact Kerry at
Phone: 973-325-6809
Social group for women. A great place to make new friends, find support or meet someone special. We offer a comfortable, safe and friendly atmosphere for you to discuss a variety of topics with likeminded women. We meet the 2nd Thursday of every month from 7:30-9:00pm. We request a $3 donation for the Church.
PFLAG-North Jersey
PO Box 4585, Wayne, NJ 07470
For more information email
Phone: 908-789-7489
Click here for more information
Meeting is located in South Orange, NJ. (Contact us by helpline or e-mail for exact location.) We now meet the 2nd THURSDAY of the month, from 7:30 to 9pm.
Gay and Lesbian Youth in New Jersey (GALYNJ)
South Orange Chapter
First Presbyterian & Trinity Church
111 Irvington Ave, South Orange, New Jersey 07079
Meets from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturdays.,-lesbian,-and-transgendered-support.html

Essex County LGBT Rain Foundation

The Essex LGBT Reaching Adolescents In Need (RAIN) Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides emergency shelter services to address the emergent need of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals experiencing crisis leading to homelessness.  Our programs promote self-sufficiency and independence to enhance our residents’ ability to function within their communities. Our programs aim to help adolescents lead healthy, productive and meaningful lives.

RAIN Foundation is located at 168 Park Street, East Orange, NJ and is currently licensed by the DCA and qualifies us to shelter 12 LGBT youth in need of emergency shelter services. 

RAIN (Reaching Adolescents In Need) was created to provide transitional housing solutions to LGBT individuals experiencing crisis leading to homelessness.

Hetrick-Martin Institute New Jersey
Empowerment, Education & Advocacy for LGBTQ Youth
301 West Kinney Street. 2nd Floor, Newark, NJ 07103
Phone: (973) 722-3988
Provides a safe and supportive environment for Newark’s LGBTQ youth to reach their full potential

The "Teen Resources Intended to Aid & Nurture Gays, Lesbians & Everyone" (TRIANGLE) guide has lots of great information on programs and services for the LGBTQI community in New Jersey and throughout the country. Click HERE to check out the guide!

The Department of Children and Families' Family and Community Partnership (FCP) network provides many services and programs for children, young adults and families throughout NJ. These include:

Family Success Centers
Offer programs aimed at making families stronger through a variety of locally-based services, and building supportive connections in your community.

School Based Youth Services Programs (SBYSP)
Provide mental health and family services; health services; substance abuse counseling; employment services; pregnancy prevention programs; learning support services; referrals to community based services; and recreation. Open to all young people ages 10 -19 enrolled in any school that hosts a SBYSP.

Home Visitation Programs
Provide early support to families with infants and young children across the state. Home visitors provide pregnant women and new parents with health information, parenting education, and links to other resources that support child and family well-being.

The FCP's also provide juvenile delinquency and child abuse prevention programs, domestic violence services, and much more.

Click here for a directory of programs and services to find out what is available in Essex County!

Outreach To At-Risk Youth (OTARY): OTARY programs provide all sorts of fun and educational activities to help support young people ages 13 to 18. Contact one of the programs below for more information on how you can get involved:

Essex County Youth Advocate Program, Inc
45 Academy Street, Suite 303, Newark, NJ 07103
Phone: 973-624-1520
Fax: 973-624-1597
Fred Fogg:
Family Connections
280 S. Harrison Street, East Orange, NJ 07018
Phone: 973-675-3817
Fax: 973-675-5782
Fayon WItche:
Boys & Girls Club of Newark
1 Avon Ave, Newark, NJ 07108
Phone: 973-242-1200
Fax: 973-242-8629
Unified Vailsburg Services Organization
40 Richlieu Terrace, Newark, NJ 07106
Phone: 973-374-2725 ext.1000
Fax: 973-374-6042
Malik El-Amin:

*The presentation of agencies, programs or services on the NJYRS website do not necessarily reflect endorsement of these resources by the NJ Department of Children and Families.