Paterson Task Force for Community Action (PTF)
Paterson Task Force for Community Action, Inc. (PTF) is the officially designated community action agency for the city of Paterson, New Jersey. Our mission is to help the poor improve their quality of life and to become self-sufficient by addressing the causes as well as the effects of poverty.
Paterson Employability Boutique
Established in November 2015, the “Boutique” serves low-income clients who need business attire for job interviews, and their first week of work. The Boutique serves both men and women. This program seeks to support disadvantaged men and women by providing professional attire and a network of support for their career development. We have served over 40 clients.
The Food and Nutrition Program
This program is funded through the State of New Jersey Department of Agriculture, the mission of this program is to provide no-cost meals, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack to Preschool and after-school children in the Paterson area. This program year, which operates from October 1st – September 30th, we provided 614 children with meals and/or snacks per day.
Goods and Services
We provide clients in crisis situations with bagged groceries, clothing and referrals to other agencies when necessary. We also provide Thanksgiving food baskets, toys and gifts for the holiday season, furniture and household items to clients leaving our shelters or fire victims, and client referrals from other agencies.
Our certified HUD Housing Counselor provides comprehensive counseling to residents of Passaic County. Housing Counseling includes landlord-tenant rights, rental assistance referrals, home pre-purchasing and delinquent and default mortgages. Our Counselor also advocates for tenants in Fair Housing cases, unfair or illegal landlord practices, and eviction. The counselor is also a certified Veteran’s Housing Counselor. During the course of the year, she has served over 158 clients, 98 Foreclosure Prevention, 35 received mortgage modifications (saved homes) and 25 Fair Housing clients.
Hilltop Haven & Hilltop Heights
Paterson Task Force has two facilities to house the homeless as well as provide emergency shelter.
- Hilltop Haven
We have provided a safe haven for 117 adults and 201 children, each provided with three meals a day, clothing, and assistance with finding stable housing. Our partners also provide these residents with medical treatment, mental health services, substance abuse counseling, and educational services.
- Hilltop Heights
Houses intact families that include women with male children over thirteen years old, males with children or husbands and wives with children. In the past year, we have housed approximately 300 people (both adult and children). Each has access to all the services provided by our partners besides meal services as they are supplied with full kitchens along with food packages when available
Basic Needs / Assistance
Last Updated: 03/06/18