Homelessness Prevention


O.C.E.A.N., Inc. is now providing the Homelessness Prevention Program which is temporary assistance to households who are being evicted due to a short-term loss of income.  If you or anyone you know requires this assistance, please call Cindy Olson at (732) 831-4996 Ext. 22 or visit the Intake Office located at 22 Hyers Street in Toms River for your initial pre-screening. You can also contact Adrienne Lawrence at (732) 288-2618 for assistance.


O.C.E.A.N., Inc. President/CEO Theodore Gooding Retires after 22 Years of Service


 The O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Board of Trustees and agency staff and the LEAP Delegate Board of Trustees and staff would like to congratulate Ted Gooding on his Retirement. During his 22 years at O.C.E.A.N., Inc., we always knew that the agency customers were in good hands because he was extremely sensitive to the needs of the community.

Ted began his leadership at O.C.E.A.N., Inc. in 1994 at a time when the agency had only three Head Start Centers in Toms River, Lakewood and South Toms River and no affordable housing units. In 1995, the agency recognized a greater need in the community for affordable housing and the expansion of childcare. In collaboration with the County of Ocean and Head Start, O.C.E.A.N., Inc. expanded the Childcare Division to seven centers and increased enrollment from 250 to 600 income-eligible students by 2016. This expansion also included the new construction of three childcare facilities in Toms River (OCC) Barnegat, Manchester and a center in Tuckerton.

To date the Housing Division has increased to 156 units with another three projects (60 units) in various stages of development over the next 18 months. In comparison, the O.C.E.A.N., Inc. housing stock is larger than some municipal Housing Authorities.

Over the last 20 years, the enterprise has moved forward in many directions including the expansion from Ocean County into Monmouth, Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

Through the NJDCA CSBG Program, the agency also increased mutual relations with organizations such as the Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City assisting youth at risk and Cape Assist and Families Matter by working with those who require assistance with substance abuse issues.

The most recent agency development has been the creation of Tiny Homes in Atlantic County and Ocean County. The agency recognized through the Community Needs Assessment, not only the need for housing but for affordable housing for those populations with special needs, seniors, veterans, the general population with a belief that Tiny Homes are the wave of the future for single families who deserve a clean, safe and affordable place to stay. Ted fully supports the States position that Townships should meet their affordable housing requirements. During his retirement, he will become an even stronger advocate for housing for this much needed population.

One of the greatest agency achievements was the oversight of the Superstorm Sandy Housing and Rental Assistance Program (SHRAP) where the agency served over 7,000 coastal individuals/families and spent down $64M for those impacted by the storm. Ocean County and O.C.E.A.N., Inc. was recognized by Governor Chris Christie for the efforts provided to those families who were directly impacted by the storm. O.C.E.A.N., Inc. was also recognized by the Head Start Bureau for assisting the children from these families who were impacted by the storm.

During Ted Gooding’s tenure, O.C.E.A.N., Inc. has been a solid community partner by applying and receiving grants to administer numerous programs in multiple counties throughout the years including:

  • The First Time Homebuyer and Rental Assistance Programs;
  • Home Energy and Weatherization;
  • Projects based vouchers for Veterans, Seniors and Persons with Disabilities;
  • ARRA Federal Relief Program for residents throughout multiple Counties;
  • New Jersey Sandy Recovery (NJ Stronger) Housing Counseling Program;
  • Housing Construction grants through the County of Ocean, HUD, NJDCA, OceanFirst and Wells Fargo.

Ted also served on many community boards including the following:

  • The New Jersey Community Action Association (NJCAA)
  • Corporate Board – Barnabas Health System
  • Community Medical Center—Toms River
  • Ocean County Vice Chair WIB Workforce Investment Board
  • Human Services Advisory Council of Ocean County
  • Wells Fargo Community Board
  • Chairman of the Youth Investment Council
  • Children of Substance Abusers (COSA)

So after many years of efforts and hard work, it is time to sit back and relax. It’s been a real pleasure working with you Ted. Enjoy, have fun, and avoid anything that resembles work for as long as possible!

Thank you to United Way of Essex and West Hudson for bringing FedEx volunteers to O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Head Start in Brick to do some much needed landscaping.


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O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Home Energy/Weatherization

52 Hyers Street

      Toms River, NJ 08754

Home Energy Phone Number: (732) 244-9041

Home Energy Fax Number: (732) 244-3962

Ocean County Weatherization Phone Number: (732) 244-8176   Monmouth County Weatherization Phone Number: (732) 774-4006      

(At this office, apply for Weatherization and Home Energy Assistance including NJ Shares and Gift of Warmth) 

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O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Southern Ocean County

Home Energy Office

Indian Plaza

304 Route 9 – Suite 6

                                      Waretown, NJ 08758

Home Energy Phone Number: (609) 549-5822

Home Energy Fax Number: (609) 549-5788

(At this office, apply for Home Energy Assistance including NJ Shares and Gift of Warmth)

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O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Home

Energy Office in Atlantic City

(Atlantic County)

1125 Atlantic Avenue

6th Floor – Suite 624

                                   Atlantic City, NJ 08401 

Home Energy Phone Number: (609) 345-1359 

        Home Energy Fax Number: (609) 345-1365

(At this office, apply for Home Energy Assistance including NJ Shares and Gift of Warmth)

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(For additional O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Office locations, please select the location/contact tabs)


Energy Assistance Day Attended by O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Home Energy Staff


The New Day Family Success Center in Galloway hosted Energy Assistance Day to help Atlantic County residents who are unemployed or have low or fixed incomes. Atlantic City Electric and NJ Shares provided information for residents to manage their bills through flexible payment options and assistance programs. Customers who attended also learned about available resources and programs from community partners including O.C.E.A.N., Inc. and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.


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O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Receives Grant from

Wells Fargo

O.C.E.A.N., Inc. was provided a grant to support the agencies mission to assist those working towards self-sufficiency. At a time when donations from the public and private sectors are down due to the economy, we truly appreciate the support Wells Fargo has provided. The grant was awarded as part of Wells Fargo’s Community Connections Program, which provides local branch managers the opportunity to make charitable contributions on behalf of Wells Fargo to a non-profit of their choice. A total of $140,000 in Community Connections grants is slated to be distributed throughout the months of July and August in Southern New Jersey.


2016 Weatherization Conference

At the Annual Weatherization Conference held in Atlantic City, O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Weatherization staff participated in the 2016 Weatherization Olympics. There were multiple Jeopardy style categories for all agencies who participated. O.C.E.A.N., Inc. entered two teams into the competition. One O.C.E.AN., Inc. team took first place (Gold) and the second agency team placed second (Silver).  Camden County placed third (Bronze) in the competition.

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O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Weatherization Program For information in Monmouth County call (732) 774-4006. In Ocean County call (732) 244-8176.



Overcome the Barrier to Self-Sufficiency

O.C.E.A.N., Inc. is a community action agency that was created in the 1960’s to combat poverty throughout the country.

To achieve our goal of identifying and overcoming barriers to self-sufficiency, O.C.E.A.N., Inc. works with local, state, and federal government, other agencies, and members of private sector institutions to provide programs and funding to help residents of the community help themselves. Please visit our “Programs and Special Projects” pages for more information on the services we offer. Our partnerships with other providers in our community have made our job easier—we could not have done it without them. As always, O.C.E.A.N., Inc. seeks to build partnerships with additional agencies to better assist the residents of multiple counties. If you are interested in our services, or in working with us as a volunteer, employee, or as a partner agency, please contact us at (732) 244-5333.

O.C.E.A.N., Inc Head Start is accepting applications for the 2016 – 2017 school year

Small children at a daycare center.

Head Start offers a FREE comprehensive pre-school program at several locations throughout the county. The program provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum, child health screenings, family services, accepts special needs children, provides meals and snacks, and transportation-half day only.

Program services children ages 3 to 5; children need to be 3 years by October 1, 2016. Eligible children who turn 3 years after October 1, 2016 will be placed on a waiting list. Requirements for eligibility:

  • Birth Certificate

  • Proof of Income – Documentation must be from the past twelve months or calendar year

  • Health Documentation – physical, dental, immunizations, H&H/lead screenings

For more information, please call 732-244-9114

O.C.E.A.N., Inc. completed construction on six (6) single-family homes at Berkeley and has begun construction on Phase 2.

O.C.E.A.N., Inc. constructed six single-family homes in Berkeley Township, New Jersey.  These homes are being rented to those affected by Superstorm Sandy.  For more information or to request an application please call (732) 780-1374.