Work First NJ - WFNJ

Workfirst NJ is New Jersey’s Plan to assist and support TANF and GA participants in finding and sustaining employment. When receiving TANF or GA, recipients are required to comply with a plan and participate in work activities.  

Workfirst NJ… 

  • Emphasizes personal responsibility and offers clients the opportunity to become self-sufficient members of the community.
  • Instills and promotes self-sufficiency and pride through work.
  • Benefits can only be received for a maximum of 60 months. Recipients are required to participate in a work activity unless medical documentation indicates a temporary or permanent disability.

Work First New Jersey's Two Programs

  1. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides cash assistance to families with children under 18 years of age whether headed by a single adult or couple. 
  2. The General Assistance Program (GA) provides cash assistance to single adults and couples age 18 and older, without children.

WFNJ Case Management helps clients become and stay employed by offering employment and training opportunities through the One Stop Career Center. Case managers arrange and coordinate supports such as childcare and transportation related expenses for clients while participating in work activities.  Post benefit supports are available for up to two years after case closing due to employment.