TONIGHT: Community Conversation about Benefit Programs; Hosted by the Vaad, Agudah, LRRC and LCSC

Four Lakewood organizations have banded together to host an event tonight in Lakewood about benefit programs. The four local organizations are The Lakewood Vaad, Agudath Israel of New Jersey, the Lakewood Resource and Referral Center (LRRC), and the Lakewood Community Services Corporation (LCSC), and they each have deep roots in Ocean County.

The topic of this Community Conversation will be learning about rules and regulations of benefit programs.

The event will take place tonight, July 19, at 8:00 pm at the Fountain Ballroom (Lakewood Cheder), 725 Vassar Avenue.

The topics covered during the evening’s panel will be in response to concerns raised by local families in need, who want to better understand the rules and limits of benefit programs that help families with healthcare, housing or food relief. With each benefit program having its own set of rules, the event will help ensure that no one, even inadvertently, makes a mistake when applying or recertifying for assistance.

The panel will speak about how frequently a family must update their income, the impact of seasonal income, unexpected profit and losses, allowable business expenses, family gifts, modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) calculations and other important questions.

This event is one of several initiatives that The Lakewood Vaad has undertaken to spread awareness and provide guidance to Lakewood residents who are committed to full compliance with the law. In addition to this Community Conversation there will be other such events geared to specific audiences. A parallel effort being run by the LRRC has enhanced its capabilities to answer questions from local families in need.

“As a community, our highest value has always been integrity and honesty” said Rabbi Moshe Zev Weisberg of The Lakewood Vaad. “We are committed to assist Lakewood’s financially struggling families in receiving the assistance they need and deserve in a way that ensures that they remain true to our core values.”

Rabbi Avi Schnall, Director of Agudath Israel’s New Jersey Office expressed his gratitude to the esteemed presenters for their commitment to help the community. “We are hopeful that this event will be enlightening and will offer clarity.”

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