WESTFIELD – The Union County Department of Human Services will begin providing assistance to residents of Westfield effective April 1. The services were formerly provided by the Westfield Department of Human Services, and included services to residents of Mountainside. The move is expected to save approximately $100,000 for the Westfield municipal budget.
Under New Jersey state law, counties perform human services functions for municipal governments that request the arrangement through a formal legislative procedure.
With the inclusion of Westfield and Mountainside, the Union County Department of Human Services now administers social assistance and job related programs for 19 of the county’s 21 municipalities. Kenilworth and Linden continue to operate independently.
Union County provides human services from two main offices, in Elizabeth and Plainfield. Both locations include the Union County One-Stop Career Centers, which provide comprehensive job search assistance, counseling, resume guidance and skills training. To help ensure efficient delivery of services, the County offices are located in the same buildings with New Jersey state unemployment offices.
Westfield and Mountainside residents will be served by the Plainfield office, located on 200 West Second Street in the downtown area, close to mass transportation.
To contact the Plainfield office of the Union County Department of Human Services, call 1-908-757-9090. For more information about the One-Stop Career Centers and the Union County Department of Human Services visit www.ucnj.org/humansvcs.
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