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Review for Down The Block, Short Hills, NJ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Down the Block, Inc. provides short-term assistance to residents of Millburn Township who are facing unexpected financial set-backs. With money raised through fundraising within the municipality, Down the Block pays bills on behalf of Township's residents who have been deemed eligible pursuant to its screening procedures.

Eligibility is determined by meeting with the applicant in his/her home, and reviewing documentation that supports the need, including proof of identity, proof of address, proof of income, proof of the circumstances surrounding the request, proof of the expense. Once the documentation is secured the Board votes as to whether the applicant has proved need and whether that need appears to be short-term. If so, Down the Block pays the requested bill(s) directly to the creditor on the applicant’s behalf. The applicant’s identity is protected and his/her privacy is respected.

From its 2009 founding until June 2014, Down the Block has paid over $220,000 worth of its neighbors' bills.

It is a joy and an honor to volunteer with this organization. It can be reached at or (973)943 - 1424. For more information,

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