This page was last updated August 27, 2021.

LA CASA VS COVID

Let’s Get Vaccinated, Newark!

Did you hear the news that Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine has now been fully-approved by the FDA?

Getting vaccinated is the most effective way to end this pandemic! Once you’re vaccinated, you’ll be able to keep yourself, your family & loved ones, and your community safe. And you can finally relax and enjoy life a bit more! You’ll also help stop the development of future, dangerous variants. Be part of the solution!

La Casa is offering free vaccination events in North Newark this summer, in collaboration with the United Way of Greater Essex’s Newark Equitable Vaccine Initiative and the City of Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness. Get vaccinated for FREE at an upcoming event (age 12 and over) and enjoy music, free treats from Taino’s Kitchen, and other giveaways!

The first 100 people to pre-register will receive a free Walmart gift card!

Free backpack giveaways during our August events!


La Casa’s Vaccination Events

Pre-registration encouraged but walk-ins welcome.

Thurs, July 15th, 10am-3pm, La Casa de Don Pedro (Lot to left of building),
39 Broadway

Sun, July 18th, 8am-3pm, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church (Gymnasium), 654 Summer Ave.

Sat, July 24th, 10am-4pm, El Coqui Social Club, 163 Verona Ave.

Wed, Aug 4th, 12pm-7pm, La Casa de Don Pedro, 317 Roseville Ave.

Tue, Aug 17th, 12pm-7pm, Taino’s Kitchen, 849 Mt. Prospect Ave.

Wed, Aug 18th, 12pm-7pm, Newark Public Library – Branch Brook, 235 Clifton Ave.

Thurs, Aug 19th, 10am-4pm, Newark Public Library – Branch Brook, 235 Clifton Ave.

Wed, Aug 25th, 12pm-7pm, Newark Public Library – North End, 722 Summer Ave.

Thurs, Aug 26th, 10am-4pm, Newark Public Library – North End, 722 Summer Ave.

Sat, Aug 28th, 11am-6pm, La Casa de Don Pedro, (Lot to left of building),
39 Broadway

La Casa’s Programs & Services Updates


All La Casa de Don Pedro centers are now open with social distancing and health & safety measures in place. Some programs continue to be offered remotely.

Now enrolling for all Early Childhood Education programs: preschool, Head Start, Early Head Start, and Prenatal Support. Call Desaray Rosado at 862-400-1125 or email earlychildhoodeducation@lacasanwk.org to enroll.

Family and domestic violence counseling, emergency housing and COVID-19 rental assistance, community health, and HIV/AIDS services are offered in-person and virtually at Facebook.com/LaCasaFamilySuccessCenters. Call us at 973-483-2703 or 973-624-4222, or email health@lacasanwk.org.

Rental assistance for families who are facing eviction due to back-rent owed because of the impact of COVID-19 is available for qualified households! In order to qualify you must be able to continue to make rental payments once financial assistance is provide. Attending a financial education workshop is a requirement. Contact us at youthandfamilies@lacasanwk.org or 973-483-2703.

Youth, Family, and Health Community Center at 23 Broadway offers in-person summer camp for school age children and we’re enrolling for After School Enrichment for the fall. Contact us to register your child at 973-483-2703, 973-624-4222 or youth&families@lacasanwk.org.

Get help with your energy bill by applying for the Universal Service Fund. Submit USF applications, emergency requests, and supporting documents to: energyasst@lacasanwk.org; drop off in-person at 317 Roseville Ave. in Newark; mail to La Casa de Don Pedro,P.O. Box 7118, Newark, NJ 07107; or fax to 973-485-9984. Email inquires and questions to energyasst@lacasanwk.org.

All adult education, LEAD Charter School, citizenship and English as a Second Language classes continue to be offered online. Immigration legal services are provided in person by appointment only. Contact us at 973-481-4568, careerservices@lacasanwk.org or immigration@lacasanwk.org to learn more or to make an appointment.

Housing counseling (foreclosure prevention and first time homebuyer counseling) is available by telephone and email. Email Dante Lara (dlara@lacasanwk.org) or Dorothy Rivers (drivers@lacasanwk.org). HUD-Certified First Time Homebuyer Education workshops are available online at www.ehomeamerica.org/lacasa. Rental Housing Assistance: housingassistance@lacasanwk.org.

All Weatherization and Lead Abatement clients can submit program applications, supporting documents and questions to: wxleadasst@lacasanwk.org.

Please visit this this webpage for regular updates and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for news & resources. We are committed to share important news and information to inform and engage our community as we work together to move forward.

Additional COVID-19 Vaccination Information

If you’ve already been fully vaccinated in New Jersey, be sure to download the Docket app so you can access your immunization records electronically.

Docket is a new app from the NJ Department of Health that makes it easier for you and your family to securely access your COVID-19 vaccination record.

If you don’t have your vaccination card with you or you have lost it, you can easily access your record through the app to provide proof of COVID-19 immunizations as needed.

The Docket app is now available in the App store or on Google Play in English or Spanish depending on Smartphone settings.

Individuals with an email or phone number on file with the New Jersey Immunization Information System can access and download their COVID-19 vaccination record using the app. The app can also provide access to family members’ records through a shared account.


Doctor behind Covid-19 vaccine development explains how shot was years in the making:

As of May 13th, 2021, ALL individuals aged 12 and older who live, work, or study in New Jersey are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. Find locations with availability on NJ Vaccine Appointment Finder. Visit covid19.nj.gov/finder


For any NEWARK resident who needs a ride to:

  • Any Newark Vaccine location
  • Medical Appointment
  • Job Interview

Please call 2-1-1 to schedule a FREE ride with Lyft.

Additional City of Newark Vaccination Sites

The City of Newark has several Newark Department of Health & Wellness vaccination sites. There will be new rotating vaccination locations throughout the city.

Pharmacy Vaccination Sites

COVID-19 Testing Centers

Click HERE for up-to-date information on where to get tested for COVID-19 in New Jersey. Everyone can get tested, even if you don’t have health insurance. You will not be denied. But if you do have health insurance, bring your health insurance card.

All undocumented Newark residents can apply and receive a Newark Municipal ID when they to take their COVID-19 test at Ann Street School. To get the ID bring documents such as Passport, proof of residency, current bill, notarized letter for residency, picture ID, etc. There is a points system. Contact the Mayor’s Aide at (973) 733-6400 for specific information.

Testing at all of the sites listed below is reserved for NEWARK RESIDENTS only and residents do not have to have symptoms. Testing is free at all sites and residents with insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid, should bring their insurance cards with them.



Housing Assistance

La Casa de Don Pedro offers a COVID-19 Rental Relief program for households who owe back rent due to job loss or other challenges caused by the pandemic. Renters who can demonstrate that they can afford their rent once their arrears are paid may qualify. Contact us at 973-483-2703 for more information.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are working together to help homeowners and renters during the coronavirus pandemic. If you or anyone you know is concerned about how to pay your mortgage or rent because of the coronavirus emergency, here is information on what to do now, and options for mortgage and rent payment relief.

Learn about:

·         Mortgage relief options

·         Protection for renters

·         Watch out for scams and bad actors

·         Mortgage basics

Visit the new Mortgage and Housing Assistance site for the latest information on how to get help with housing.


Rental Assistance

As of May 13th, Essex County will begin accepting applications for its 2021 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).

According to county officials, there will be $15.4 million available. Renters or landlords who have been negatively impacted during the coronavirus pandemic and need help to pay rent or utility bills can apply for funds.

Online applications are available here.

Applications will be available beginning on Thursday, May 13. Awards will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis, officials said.


Starting March 22, 2021, the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program Phase II (CVERAP Phase II) will provide rental arrears and temporary rental assistance to low- and moderate-income households that have had a substantial reduction in income, have qualified for unemployment benefits, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due, directly, or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nan McKay & Associates has been authorized by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to assist in the administration of CVERAP Phase II and to communicate with applicants and landlords.

Click on the link below to apply:
https://njdca.onlinepha.com/


Eviction Protection and Assistance


Your landlord cannot remove you from your home during this emergency. This moratorium on evictions will remain in place for up to two months after the end of this emergency.

If you are at risk of eviction or are concerned about paying rent, use this online eviction moratorium information and question tool to see your rights and what assistance programs are available.

If you are facing eviction or foreclosure, contact a La Casa HUD Certified Housing counselor at homes@lacasanwk.org.

Counseling is free, available now, and can be provided remotely to help homeowners avoid potential foreclosure. Counseling can guide you on how to approach discussions with their landlords on dealing with rent situations.

City of Newark Down Payment Forgivable Loans to First-Time Homebuyers & Homeowners Making External Repairs

As part of the City of Newark’s Covid-19 Stimulus Package, first-time homebuyers may qualify for a $5,000 down payment forgivable loan. Forgivable loans up to $15,000 is also available for for homeowners undertaking external repairs ad City employees have access to a be $5,000 down payment forgivable loans. The forgivable loan terms all require the recipient to live in the house for at least five years. For information on how to apply visit https://www.newarknj.gov/departments/economichousing.

Unemployment Resources

Have you found yourself unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic? Visit
https://www.myunemployment.nj.gov to learn about benefits and protections you may be eligible for.

In order to get your check processed, the unemployment office requires you answer these key questions. See more about certifying for your benefits each week.

Question 1 – Were you able and available for work?
Question 2 – Were you actively seeking work?
Question 3 – Did you refuse any work? (if the reason to refuse a work offer is related to the pandemic answer NO.)
Question 4 – Were you attending school or job training?
Question 5 – Did you receive holiday or vacation pay for the week beginning mm-dd-2021 and ending mm-dd-2021?
Question 6 – Are you receiving or have you applied for a pension or other retirement pay from any of the employers listed below?
Question 7 – Did you work between mm-dd-2021 and mm-dd-2021?

Resources for Small Business Owners

Small businesses are being hit especially hard with the crisis. Fortunately, there are a variety of supports that are being made available.


Newark 40 Acres and a Mule Fund 
The New Jersey Forty Acres and a Mule Fund (NJ FAM Fund) is a first of its kind private investment vehicle focused on making equity and debt investments in Black and Latinx businesses located or doing business within the State of New Jersey and also transforming real estate projects within New Jersey’s Black and Latinx communities. Visit NJFAMFund.org to learn more, sign up for updates and preview the applications.


Mental Health Support


If you are struggling coping with the COVID-19 crisis, please call New Jersey Mental Health Cares, Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc. at (877) 294-HELP(4357) between the hours of 8AM to 8PM for emotional support, guidance, and mental health referrals as needed.