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FAQ - Are there any additional protections for tenants in subsidized housing during the pandemic?

In March 2020, Governor Murphy Enacted a Moratorium on Removals of Individuals Due to Evictions or Foreclosures (, where he indicated that the Department of Community Affairs would:

  • Suspend terminations for non-essential reasons (those not involving violence and/or threats to others) in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP),

  • Extend the housing search period for all current voucher holders to the full 120 days allowed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for those without disabilities or who are not elderly for the housing search period. Voucher holders needing more than 120 days to identify housing may request extensions through the online portal, via phone call, or mail as needed; and

  • Prepare to accept from its clients interim income re-certifications due to decreased income from the public and private responses to COVID-19. Income re-certifications may be submitted through DCA’s online portal and through mail. DCA is providing remote access, if necessary, to key employees to process requests as quickly as possible.

A detailed list of Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) regulatory waivers adopted by DCA are at

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