201-996-9100 Bergen Office or 201-533-4407 Hudson Office
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COVID-19 Community Response Program

Funding Application


Dear Applicant:

Welcome to the COVID-19 Community Response Program, administered by Heightened Independence and Progress (hip) in Bergen and Hudson Counties. The program will address food insecurities, personal protective equipment, assistive devices (medical and non-medical), transportation, in home support services, emergency rental and utility assistance, because of COVID-19. For us to be more efficient in evaluating your request for funding, we will need your cooperation and diligence. Our program coordinators are available to assist you.

The following items must be enclosed:

  • APPLICATION: Fully complete the 3-part application, all information is required.
  • MEDICAL PRESCRIPTION: It should state your disability (COPD, end stage renal failure, lung cancer, diabetes, heart disease, developmental delay, etc.) and the reason you need the item you are requesting. The doctor, or other health care provider, may fax it directly to us.
  • ONE-TIME EMERGENCY RENTAL OR UTILITY ASSISTANCE: Please include a copy of the lease, utility bill and documentation of past due amount.
  • PROOF OF INCOME is required. Submit most recent income verification (Social Security, pension, wages, etc.). We will require information about income changes due to COVID-19 circumstances.
  • If you are applying for an air conditioner or home modification, a letter from landlord, granting you permission to obtain/install item, must be included. The program does not provide installation, installing air conditioners is the consumers responsibility. You may call the ASK Umbrella Program at 1-973-200-4499 for air conditioner installation assistance.
  • The COVID-19 Community Response Program can also provide a one-time $250 funding towards the purchase of incontinent or wound care supplies, for individuals in need.

INDEPENDENT LIVING PLAN is a tool used to assist consumers to meet their goals. Please complete the section that is moat appropriate.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, it is very important that you complete and email this application promptly. Please note that hip cannot reimburse you for any paid bill(s). hip makes payments directly to the vendor. We will not be able to process your request, until all documents are received.

Each application will be reviewed, and funding will be determined based on needs.

hip has two locations to serve the community If you have any questions or need assistance completing the application, please contact us at the office in your county.

  • hip Bergen County (201) 996-9100 ext. 18 or email at mvalentin@hipcil.org
  • hip Hudson County (201) 533-4407 or email mgonzalez@hipcil.org

Mail application to: Heightened Independence and Progress (hip)

Attn: COVID-19 Community Response Program

  • 131 Main Street, Suite 120 Hackensack, NJ 07601 for Bergen County residents
  • 35 Journal Square Suite 703, Jersey City, NJ 07306 for Hudson County residents



Updated 4/8/2020

 Heightened Independence & Progress (hip) continues to monitor the ongoing crisis as it unfolds. We want you, the individuals and families we serve and our social service partners to know that while the hip team are working remotely to comply with the social distancing mandate, we are here to support you during this challenging time. As a Center for Independent Living, it is our role to ensure individuals with all types of disabilities of all ages have access to information and resources. While our staff are all working remotely, we have the technology to allow us to maintain operations offsite. We will continue to work in this manner until further notice.  

 The hip team have been contacting the consumers that we serve in Bergen and Hudson counties to continue our efforts in supporting them and ensuring they have all the basic necessities like food, medication, etc. and are prepared to weather this emergency. 

 We understand the toll that this situation is having on the health and wellness of the individuals we serve and the continued disruptions this has caused for all of us. As such, we want to play our part in minimizing any further risk. All social and recreational events, educational seminars and drop-in visits are cancelled until further notice. All visits are being handled via telephone during this timeframe. Many of our programs have specific protocols that must be adhered to and we ask that you reach out to your specific case manager with any questions you may have. Staff are checking their office voicemail regularly. 

 The hip Board of Directors and administrative team will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and keep you apprised of any changes as they occur. All communications will be posted on our website and Facebook page. 

On behalf of the entire hip team we wish you all much health as we get through these unprecedented times. As we have heard so many times recently, we will get through this together. May all of you continue to be safe and well.


Supporting independent living for people with disabilities, hip is a nonprofit agency run by and for people with disabilities. Its purpose is to promote full inclusion and full accessibility for all people, and to enhance the ability of every individual to live and work with maximum independence.

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We provide a wide range of services for people with disabilities in the areas of advocacy, information and referral, peer support, and independent living skills training. We offer employment services, life skills training classes, and recreational activities for adults and young adults. hip also provides services, such as support coordination and care management under a number of state and county programs. hip’s comprehensive services are a critical part of the support network that enables people with disabilities residing in Bergen and Hudson counties to live independently in their communities.

hip is one of 11 Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in New Jersey, and one of nearly 500 CILs nationwide. All of hip’s programs and services embody the principles of the Independent Living philosophy, which asserts that people with disabilities should have the same civil rights, choices, and control as do people without disabilities. hip currently serves over 1,500 individuals and families in Bergen and Hudson counties. Services are funded through state and federal grants, membership contributions, donations, fundraising, and a host of agencies and foundations that have partnered with hip to realize equal opportunities and inclusion for people with disabilities. If you are interested in learning more about hip, our services, or Independent Living in general, please contact us today.

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