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Program Basics

JC Shovels LogoJC Shovels is in its second year of partnership with Health & Human Services (HHS)  and the Department of Recreation & Youth Development.  This initiative aims to help low-income seniors and disabled homeowners with snow removal.  

JC Shovels assists senior citizens who are incapable of shoveling their own sidewalks and walkways, and who lack the resources to shovel snow (cannot afford professional service, do not live with or near able body relatives). Seniors can apply to have their homes shoveled through the Division of Senior Affairs in person, by mail, or by email.

Application deadline is December 31, 2020.

JC Shovels Training

 The JC Shovels workers’ guidelines are attached here for reference.

Positive Outcomes

By restructuring JC Shovels from an all-volunteer program to a paid youth-service program, we're providing Jersey City youth with part-time wintertime employment, and helping them feel more connected with their communities by helping their more vulnerable neighbors. This is also a great opportunity for physical activity and we’re proud that the #HealthierJC branding is on all of the hats, gloves and backpacks as a reminder that chores like shoveling are a healthy form of outdoor winter exercise. The nexus of employment, service, and physical health really represents the best of what HHS strives to be.








Qualifications for the JC Shovels Program are:
  • Participants should be disabled or 60 years of age or older.
  • Own and live in the property where the service will be provided (owner occupied, primary residence).
  • Lack the resources to shovel snow (cannot afford professional service, do not live with or near able-bodied relatives).
  • Home must be a one- or two-unit home occupied by qualifying applicants.
  • Resident must meet income requirement (see attached income qualification form).
Services participants can expect to receive:
  • Workers are expected to shovel the front sidewalk and path to the main entrance of the house. 
  • Workers are NOT to shovel driveways or private walkways. 
  • If your property is on the corner, both walkways will be shoveled and a path to the street crossing will be created.
  • Workers will salt the shoveled areas if salt is provided by the homeowner and left on the front porch.
  • Workers are NOT to accept money for service being provided and NOT for any reason to enter the homes of any senior/disabled individuals.
  • Workers will be provided with shovels by the Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Shoveling will be performed within 24 hours after it stops snowing.



How do I apply for the JC Shovels Program?
Department Health and Human Services; Division of Seniors Affairs: City Hall Annex, 1 Jackson Square Jersey City, NJ 07305. Applications are also accepted via email to at jcshovels@jcnj.org.
What are the requirements for the JC Shovels program eligibility?
The recipient must be 60 years or older or disabled, and must be the owner of either a one- or two-family home. Seniors who live with or near able-bodied family members Do Not qualify.
Is there a cost involved with the JC Shovels program?
No, there is no cost for seniors. *No money is to be exchanged between the Worker(s) and the senior/disabled individuals.
Do I have to call each time it snows?
No, once approved, you will be eligible for the entire snow season.
Is there deadline for application process?
YES. In order to provide services, Senior Affairs must have received the application by December 31, 2020.
When will the shoveling begin?
The shoveling will occur within 24 hours after the snow has stopped. Workers will only be activated for snow accumulation of 2 inches or more.
Will workers shovel my driveway and dig out my car?
No, workers will only shovel a walking path wide enough for people to pass by unobstructed.  The path will only be shoveled the length of the front sidewalk and up to the front door, including any steps to your main entrance.
Do I have to provide shovels?
No, the Worker will bring shovels needed to clear your walkway.
Who do I contact if my walkway has not been shoveled within 24 hours after the snow?
You should contact Joe Napolitano at the Department of Recreation & Youth Development at (201)937-8537 or email him @ jnapolitano@jcnj.org.
Will I receive a violation from the city if my walkway has not been shoveled?
No, once a senior/disabled resident is registered for the JC Shovels program, they will not receive a violation for failure to shovel.

Department Contact Info

  • phone(201) 547 4391
  • Health and Human Services’ 
    Division of Seniors Affairs
    City Hall Annex, 1 Jackson Square
    Jersey City, NJ 07305
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