Workshop on Self Development

TUESDAY JUNE 14, 2016  6:00-8:30pm


What we are seeking is Harmony, Balance, Health, Wealth and Freedom from Worry.

We have the answer for you in one free seminar presented by The Center for Self -Development. Learn 4 easy to apply fundamental principles. You will gain a clear understanding of why life has been such a struggle and what has been missing to achieve your goals and dreams. Apply these principles on a regular basis and greatly improve your relationships, create better health, increase effectiveness in all areas of life and have a high self-esteem

Join us to Learn 4 Easy to Apply Fundamental Principles & Watch Your Life Transform!


Open Enrollment for Housing Choice Voucher Program

Enrollment Period is Monday June 13, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. to Friday June 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

The HCV Program is a federally funded program that provides housing subsidies on behalf of low-income persons for decent, safe and sanitary housing. Persons applying must meet all of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) income and eligibility requirements. Pre-applications for housing assistance will be accepted from very low-income individuals and households based on the income limits established by HUD. You must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to apply, or an emancipated minor. Only one (1) pre-application per household per county will be accepted.

Maximum Income Limits: Your total household income cannot exceed the limits shown on the income charts for the County in which you are applying. Be sure to use the figure for the size of your household. The chart only goes up to 8 household members. If you have a larger household, please contact DCA at 609-292-2528 for assistance in determining the maximum income limits for your household.

The income chart shows income limits that are in effect now. HUD routinely adjusts income limits on an annual basis which could affect your eligibility in the future.


Pre-applications will be accepted ONLINE only. The open enrollment period is Monday, June 13, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. to Friday, June 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Because pre-applications will be selected through a lottery process, it does not matter when you submit your pre-application as long as you do it during the open enrollment period. Every pre-application submitted during the open enrollment period has a chance of being selected during the lottery.


Use the to apply online. Pre-applications can only be made online. Submission of a pre-application does not guarantee placement on any waiting list. Only one pre-application per household per county will be accepted. Duplicate pre-applications per county will be rejected. Paper applications will not be distributed or accepted.


Pre-applications can be submitted ONLINE with the use of a personal computer, laptop, smart phone, or tablet. NO pre-applications will be accepted at the Housing Authority office.

Information Required:

Names, social security numbers, birthdates and income information for individuals living in the household. An email address is required. If you do not have one, the application process will allow you to create one. If you need assistance in another language, Google Translate will assist you during the pre-application process.

Reasonable Accommodation:

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will extend reasonable accommodations to disabled individuals on a case-by-case basis and will take into consideration the disability and the need(s) of the individuals. If you require a reasonable accommodation, please contact DCA at 609-292-4080 and select Option 1 or 8 from the Menu.

Lottery Process:

The waiting list placement will be based on a computerized selection (lottery) process. Once the wait list open enrollment period ends, pre-applications will be selected to be placed on the wait list after sorting preferences. Submission of a pre-application does not guarantee placement on the wait list, eligibility, or an offer of a Housing Choice Voucher.

Pre-application Screening:

A Screening of tenant’s background history including criminal background checks will be conducted during the eligibility interview process for all adult household members requesting housing assistance.

Additional Information:

Please visit on or after June 24, 2016 to obtain verification if you were selected for the waiting list. Those who were selected will show a status of “Active.” Those who were not selected will show a status of “Inactive.”

Click here for more information from the State of New Jersey


Money Saving Tips

With summer approaching many families are getting ready for vacations and staycations. Check out the links below for some money saving hacks to help your budget and ease your stress.

5 Tips for the Perfect Staycation! brown sugar hack

You don’t have to go far away to relax. With these five tips, you’ll be antsy for a staycation.

How to Pack Clothes for Vacation

A video on how to pack clothes- without creases- for vacation! Save room in your luggage and save money by checking less bags!

Money Saving Food Hacks shares some money saving hacks. Make your food last with a few simple tricks!




Essentially Ever After

Thursday June 9th 6:00pm- Oils and more oils, where to turn and where to call home in the sea of rumor and truth about natures first defense for wellness. We are exposed to more toxins in one day than our grandparents were in their lifetime. Did you know there is an oil for just about anything? There is – its the origin, quality and method of distillation of your oils. Fragrance does not make for safe wellness, it’s the origin and quality method of distillation of your oils. Breath in and relax as we discuss options, safety and why some essential oils are better than others. Leave feeling good and having a handle on which essentials are for you and your family … Essentially ever after.

Fishful Thinking

Fishing-with-Kids-1024x682Upper Passaic County Fatherhood Project presents Fishful Thinking. Join Us for a day of fishing and a picnic at Waywayanda State Park. Anyone over 16 must have a fishing license. Bring your own pole (we will have extras).


Essentially Toxic Free Homes

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Program Update May 12, 2016

Last night felt more like a group of friends sitting around a table and sharing stories than a workshop on toxins in our everyday personal care products. The focus was reducing the amount of chemicals we unknowingly put in and on our body every day with personal care products and processed foods.Talk about eye opening!  Pam shared that we are exposed to more chemicals in one day then our grandparents were in a lifetime. We learned how to make toothpaste, body scrubs as well as  some simple swaps to reduce our toxic intake with things like vinegar, coconut oil and pure essential oils. My take away was to get back to the basics and go with single ingredient products or make my own when possible. There is  more to learn about keeping it natural and we are thrilled to have Pam Jordan as our “go to person” for pointers. Keep an eye out for more classes like this…. Family style.

Stayed tuned for Essential Oils 101 on June 9! Check out our calendar for more details.

PCCYC Chat & Chew

Passaic County Council for Young Children Presents: Chat & Chew

Meet other parents and share ideas about resources you would like to see for your children. Free lunch and refreshments will be served. 3rd Wednesday of the month!

For more information, please contact

Inge Spungen at 973-279-8900 Ext 202,

Cesar Gomez at 973-962-0055,

Lunch will be provided.  Please let us know if you need childcare.

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Essentially Toxic Free Homes

toxic free homeMay 12 6:00-7:00pm
We come in contact with more toxins in one day than our grand parents did in their lifetimes. Cleaning supplies, shampoos, candles and applications for everything contain poison that wreak havoc in our body.
Lets talk toxic free homes, toxic free living and keeping our families free from chemicals with essential oil based products – safe and effective!
BONUS: preregister for a FREE, take home toxic free cleaner

Parenting: Managing Teens

happy familyThursday April 28 10-11:30 am

Come join the conversation! Learn ways to positively and effectively communicate with your teens. Manage your teen with more confidence by learning some tips and tools from a fellow parent!



HFSC March Narrative

This month we had a wide variety of programs and activities for the community. We had 43 new families walk through our doors, bringing us within arms reach of our goal of 300 families for the year. We are also pleased with our outreach with community volunteers and at present count have over 40 people.  As we compile this list of community members who are willing to donate their time and give back, we have found we have a wide variety of talents in our neighborhood. Our volunteers range in skills from web design, college prep and job readiness training, health, couponing, knitting, arts and crafts and fitness.

This month we were able to utilize our volunteers for various programs. We ran a 2 session Job Readiness training, led by a retired HR director. Participants learned many skills including interviewing, resume building and how to search for jobs online, just to name a few.

We also held a mini resource fair at the center, offering the community a chance to explore different resources for families in the area. Participants included the Association of Special Children and Families, West Milford Community and Recreation Department, WIC, Snap, Snap-Ed and Kinship Care. Families enjoyed talking to the different participants and receiving gifts to take home!

Coming up in April we are co-sponsoring an Earth Day Family Fun Day along with Center For Family Resources in celebration of the new outdoor classroom and wetlands walk. We are also planning a fun week for Spring Break, offering more activities for youth and teens during the day. At the end of the month we are having the Alzheimer’s Association come and present the training ” Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds” at Camp Hope. We continue to reach out to different areas of our community and welcome all who come through our doors.

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