Rental Assistance Available to Somerset County Residents

Eligible county residents can receive up to 15 months of rental assistance plus monthly case management services.

Post Date:10/22/2018 10:00 AM

Somerset County Freeholder Patricia Walsh has announced that the Somerset County Rental Assistance Program is available to provide up to 15 months of rental assistance and monthly case management to eligible Somerset County residents. “The goal of this program is to help working families achieve financial stability,” she said.

The case management is provided by a trained volunteer and is intended to help clients set and achieve goals that promote long-term financial stability. The program provides a monthly subsidy to pay the difference between household rent and 30 percent of one’s monthly income, up to a maximum of $300 per month.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they will be able to afford their housing without rental assistance within 15 months. In order to qualify, at least one adult in the household must be employed, working at least 30 hours per week. Any non-working adult must have a verifiable disability or be a caregiver for a member of the household.

In addition, applicants must have a formal lease at a rental rate that is less than the fair-market rent for the unit size, and must be within the following maximum income limits:

  • 1 Person – $52,900
  • 2 People – $60,400
  • 3 People – $68,000
  • 4 People – $75,500
  • 5 People – $81,500
  • 6 People – $87,600

In addition, program participants must complete a monthly household budget; attend a monthly meeting with the program case manager; and be willing to accept case management services that include financial management, employment and/or any other services that are deemed necessary to maintain permanent housing in Somerset County.

Applicants who meet the criteria will be served on a first-come, first-served basis after being screened by the Somerset County Community Development Office. For more information call the office at (908) 541-5756.

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Fast, Fall Family Meals

As the Fall season is upon us, many want to embrace the cooler weather with cozy and healthy meals, but who has the time!

During the workshop, attendees will review the nutritional benefits of fall veggies and other foods, talk about easy sides for the meals and make a quick dessert. There will also be demonstrations and tastings!

$10/person

Date:

Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 – 8:30 pm OR  Thursday, November 8, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location:

310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ

Click here for the flyer!

Mercer County Community Health Needs Assessment – Public Feedback

Montgomery Township Health Department has been partnering with the Greater Mercer Public Health Partnership Coalition on its Community Health Needs Assessment.  The information in this assessment will be used to identify priorities where we can work together to make our neighborhoods healthier.

The draft assessment provides information about Somerset County; the assessment process; results from secondary data, the community survey, focus groups and key informant interviews; and the overall findings of need. We welcome community feedback on these findings.

Mercer County Community Health Needs Assessment – DRAFT 

Please review these findings and provide us with any comments or concerns. Your feedback is important!  Please email your comments to health@twp.montgomery.nj.us with “CHNA – Feedback” in the Subject field by October 15.

Call us at (908) 359-8211 or email us at health@twp.montgomery.nj.us if you have any questions.

Montgomery Township Health Department

2018 Fall Flu Clinics

Vaccinating ages 4 to 104

Offering more clinics for your convenience!

Free for Medicare recipients

The Centers for Disease Control recommends vaccination against influenza for all people over 6 months of age.  The flu shot protects you and those around you.  Flu can be especially serious in seniors, young children, pregnant women, and people with conditions like asthma and diabetes.

Kids need flu shots, too!  The Health Department also offers flu shots to children age 4 and up (accompanied by their parents).

Montgomery Township Health Department is offering the following flu vaccination clinics this fall:

Wednesdays, October 3, 10, & 17, 2018

Otto Kaufman Community Center
356 Skillman Road
Skillman, NJ 08558

Oct. 3rd  Times: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM AND 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Oct 10th Times: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Oct. 17th Times: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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Wednesday, October 17

Pennington Borough Hall

30 North Main Street

Pennington, NJ 

Time:  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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Tuesday, October 23

Rocky Hill Borough Hall

15 Montgomery Avenue

Rocky Hill, NJ

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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Vote & Vax

Tuesday, November 6

Hopewell Borough Hall

88 East Broad Street

Hopewell, NJ  

Time:  9:00 AM to 3:00PM  & 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

 

Walk-ins are welcome, but for faster service, make an appointment. To reserve your shot:

  • E-mail health@twp.montgomery.nj.us with your name, address, birth date, and phone number OR
  • Call the Health Department at 908-359-8211, x 227

 

The flu shot is Free with Medicare card

The flu shot is $25 for ages 4-64; Hardship fee waivers are available (uninsured, unemployed, Medicaid residents).

Community Health Needs Assessment – Community Comment

Montgomery Township Health Department has been partnering with the Healthier Somerset Coalition on its Community Health Needs Assessment.  The information in this assessment will be used to identify priorities where we can work together to make our neighborhoods healthier.

The draft assessment provides information about Somerset County; the assessment process; results from secondary data, the community survey, focus groups and key informant interviews; and the overall findings of need. The assessment concludes that the priority areas of need in Somerset County are: 1) Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Chronic Disease, Obesity and Access to Care. We welcome community feedback on these findings.

Somerset County Community Health Needs Assessment – DRAFT 

Please review these findings and provide us with any comments or concerns. Your feedback is important!  Please email your comments to health@twp.montgomery.nj.us with “CHNA – Feedback” in the Subject field by September 12.

Call us at (908) 359-8211 or email us at health@twp.montgomery.nj.us if you have any questions.

Montgomery Township Health Department

Contact Lens Health Week

When cared for properly, contact lenses can provide a comfortable and convenient way to work, play, and live for the 45 million people in the U.S. who wear them.

While contact lenses are usually a safe and effective form of vision correction, they are not entirely risk-free—especially if they are not cared for properly. During Contact Lens Health Week, this week, learn how taking care of your contact lenses can help you see better and keep your eyes healthy.

Healthy Habits = Healthy Eyes

What You Can Do

If you wear contact lenses, take simple steps to protect your eyes.

1. Don’t wear contact lenses while sleeping unless directed to do so by your eye doctor.

  • Studies have shown that wearing contact lenses while sleeping increases the chance of an eye infection by 6 to 8 times.

2. Don’t “top off” solution.

  • Use only fresh contact lens solution in your case – never mix fresh solution with old or used solution. Adding new solution to used solution can lower its germ-killing power.

3. Don’t swim or shower while wearing contact lenses.

  • Germs found in the water can stick to your contacts and cause a serious eye infection.

Visit CDC’s Healthy Contact Lens website to learn more tips and recommendations you can follow to protect your eyes.

Click here for more information. 

2018 Summer Heat Alert!

High temperatures exceeding 90°F  along with high humidity are expected in the next several days. The Montgomery Township Health Department is reminding residents to take steps to stay cool during this heat wave.

Hot temperatures and humidity are dangerous and can prove deadly. During heat waves like this one, it’s important to stay cool, hydrated, and informed.

Follow these tips to stay safe during extreme heat:

• Stay in air conditioning.  When possible, stay in air conditioning on hot days.  If you don’t have air conditioning, head to libraries, malls, and other public spaces to keep cool.

• Check on loved ones.  Be sure to check on older friends and neighbors who live alone and don’t have air conditioning.

• Avoid the hottest part of the day.  If you have to be outside, stick to the cooler morning and evening hours.  Wear light, loose clothing and take frequent, air conditioned breaks.

• Beware of hot cars.  Never leave a person or a pet in a parked car, even for a short time.  On an 80 degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes.

• Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water on hot days.  Avoid alcohol and hot, heavy meals.

• Stay informed. Watch your local weather forecasts so you can plan outdoor activities safely. Pay attention to any extreme heat alerts.

• Keep your pets cool. Be sure to give your pets plenty of fresh, clean water. Make sure they have a shady place to get out of the sun, or bring them indoors.

Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play!

Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play! Flyer 

This Hopewell Valley community-wide event was established to increase awareness of nature and an appreciation of time spent outdoors.  Families and community members are welcome to attend any of these activities. 

 June 7-9, 2018
Special Preview: National Trail Day activities June 2 &3

View all activities in the HVCO&P! Newsletter here 

Activities are at no cost and open to all ages, unless otherwise noted.
Registration is required for most activities. 
                   

Wellness Program for Kids!

These programs are open to all kids. Kids Marathon participants can earn 1 mile towards their 25 miles for each class attended. Registration is required and parents must accompany their children at the kids classes listed below.

Click here for flyer w/ additional details

Healthy Sport Drinks & Snacks
WED. May 23 (6 – 7 p.m.)

Kids Can Cook: Breakfast
WED. May 23 (6 – 7 p.m.)

Kids Boot Camp
THU. May 24 (6:30 – 7:30 p.m.)

Grow Your Own Veggie Garden
SUN. June 3 (2 – 3 p.m.)

Kinetic Kids: Kids on the Move
THU. June 7 (5:45 – 6:30 p.m.)

Pilates for Children
SUN. June 10 (2 – 2:45 p.m.)

Build a Better Snack! Nutrition for Kids
WED. June 13 (6 – 7 p.m.)

Sports Nutrition for Kids
SAT. June 16 (10 – 11 a.m.)

Kids Marathon and Fun Run

Click here for flyer with additional details. 

Penn Medicine Princeton Health is Making Fitness Fun.  Get moving, get healthy, and most of all get the whole family together for fun and fitness.  Join us for the 10th Annual Kids Marathon to be held at ETS in Princeton, on Saturday, June 24, at 10 am.

Start planning now to take part in the Kids Marathon, hosted by Penn Medicine Princeton Health Community Wellness.  In the weeks leading up to the Kids Marathon, participants complete 25 miles in everything from sports activities to walking to school.  Everything counts toward the finish line!  All participants gather at ETS to finish the last 1.2 miles of the marathon.

More than 500 children are expected to participate in the event, which has one clear goal in mind: making fitness fun for area children from pre-school through eighth grade, while raising awareness about healthy living.

The marathon preparation promotes good health and helps young participants incorporate exercise into their daily routines.  At every milestone mile (5-10-13.1-20-25) participants are given incentives.  On race day, participants will receive a T-shirt, drawstring duffle bag and more.

Participants can join now, and start preparing for the race.  To register, or for additional information, including tracking forms, visit: www.princetonhealthinmotion.com.  Registration is $25 per child.  Proceeds support Penn Medicine Princeton Health’s programs to promote wellness and prevent obesity and chronic disease in children.  We encourage all children to participate.  If cost is a factor, scholarship opportunities are available.

Represent your school as a team.  Enjoy race day celebrations including kids’ crafts, vendors, refreshments, cheering crowds, music and more.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at any time at: dmillar@princetonhcs.org , or office 609-897-8982.

Thank you,

Debbie Millar, RN

Director, Community Wellness/Penn Medicine Princeton Health

731 Alexander Rd, Suite 103/Princeton, NJ 08540