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FAQ - Are there any rental assistance programs created or expanded in response to the pandemic?

There are limited programs to help with rent in New Jersey.

  • COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program – A New Jersey resident can apply for up to $25,000 to help pay housing costs if they have been unable, or will be unable, to make payments due to the ongoing pandemic. Applicants must have proof that they are unable to pay rent/mortgage due to COVID-19.  Examples of such as loss of income may include reduced hours at work, an inability to or to work due to being high-risk, having to quarantine or isolate, or having to stay home due to a child’s remote learning schedule.  Eligible households must earn less than 450 percent of the federal poverty level. The press release announcing the program is at https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/news/pressreleases/2020/approved/20201009.html. Applications will be processed until funding is exhausted or no later than December 18, 2020, whichever happens sooner. Applications may be submitted online at https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/covid19housingassistance/index.shtml.
  • DCA has a variety of assistance programs that may help you with rental and heating costs, prevention of eviction, reduction of utility bills and removal of lead hazards from your home. The screening process for these programs is available at: https://njdca-housing.dynamics365portals.us/en-US.
  • New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. To get free financial counseling on meeting your rental obligations, go to https://www.nj.gov/dca/hmfa/foreclosure/index.shtml.
  • County and Municipal Welfare Agencies. County and municipal welfare agencies have programs to help with rent and other expenses. You can find more information about these programs and where to apply at: https://www.njhelps.org.
  • Somerset County Community Development Block Grant COVID-19 (CDBG-CV) Emergency Rental Relief Program. The program operates in all municipalities within Somerset County, with the exception of Franklin Township, which has its own CDBG program. For information about eligibility requirements and how to apply, go to https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/human-services/community-development/cdbg-cv-emergency-rental-relief-err-program​.
  • Newark’s Emergency Housing Assistance Fund:Newark created a $1 million Emergency Housing Assistance Fund to provide low-income residents up to $1,000 each to help pay rent or utilities. This is a one-time assistance program unless the city can get more funds. For more information, go to https://newarkcovid19.com/programs/emergency-rent-grants
  • Perth Amboy Approves Reallocation of $200,000 in Home Funds to Eligible Residents: The Puerto Rican Association for Human Development (PRAHD) will be administering these funds. You must be a current resident of Perth Amboy. Proof of citizenship is required. You must also be able to document a COVID-19 related hardship (unemployment or letter from employer stating that you were laid off or had a reduction in hours due to COVID-19). Landlord verification of back rent due is required. For additional information or to apply for rental assistance, residents are asked to contact PRAHD at (732) 638-2870.
  • COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP): The application period for this program has closed. According to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, applicants were notified by July 29 whether they have been selected for the program. Status information will be available at: https://www.waitlistcheck.com. The status of those selected will be “active” and others will be “inactive.” Chosen applicants were required to submit forms and documentation by August 7.

Other counties and municipalities are developing new rent assistance programs for renters affected by COVID-19, therefore you should check back for updates to this page.

(Return to Frequently Asked Questions for Tenants, Hotel/Motel Residents, and Other Occupants During COVID-19) ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

10/26/2020
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