A number of county and municipal governments have created rental assistance programs to assist tenants that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. NJAA has compiled a list of these programs, by county, below for our members and their residents. The details and eligibility requirements of each program vary. As such, we have provided a brief description, along with a direct link to each program for more information. The list will be updated as more programs and information become available.

Atlantic County

Atlantic County CDBG-CV Short Term Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance Grant Program

The CDBG-CV Short Term Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance Grant Program will provide temporary rental and mortgage assistance, for up to six months, to low- and moderate-income households that have had a substantial reduction in income or became unemployed due the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may be eligible for a grant for a maximum of up to six months of emergency rental or mortgage assistance. The assistance, per month for rental assistance and mortgage assistance, will be capped at DCA’s fair market rent standard or the total of the rent or mortgage payment, whichever is lesser. The maximum amount of assistance available per rental household is $10,000 throughout a period of six months. All participants will be reviewed at the three-month interval to see if they are still in need of assistance. Persons applying must meet all applicable program income and eligibility requirements. Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis determined by the submission of a full and complete application and all necessary supporting documents.

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Hudson County

Jersey City COVID-19 Hardship Assistance Program

The Jersey City COVID-19 Hardship Assistance Program will provide residents with one-time emergency assistance for up to 3 months of utility and rent relief, up to $1,500. Jersey City households that fall at or below 80% AMI, owe rent/utility payments for three months or fewer from March 2020 onward, and that can demonstrate financial hardship due to COVID-19 are eligible to apply. The program will make payments directly to service providers or landlords on behalf of an individual or household. Interested individuals or households should apply online. Completed applications will be entered into a lottery to ensure fairness. Applications will be available beginning at 9:00am on Monday, January 18, 2021, through 5:00pm on Monday, February 1, 2021.

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Mercer County

Princeton HIP/CDBG Rental Assistance Program

The Housing Initiatives of Princeton (HIP) and the town of Princeton have partnered to offer rental assistance to residents that need help paying their rent due to impacts from COVID-19. Payments will be made directly to landlords on behalf of tenants in need. Before any rental payments are provided, the tenant and the landlord will be asked to participate in the Princeton Landlord-Tenant Mediation Program (PLTMP). The first round of applications for CDBG rental assistance has been extended through January 19th, 2021.

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Somerset County

Somerset County Emergency Rental Relief Program

Somerset County has established an Emergency Rental Relief Program for County households that had a loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may be eligible for up to 3 months’ rent or $3,000.00, whichever is less, for payment toward rent that is owed. The Program will only pay rent that is owed and will NOT pay late fees.  Payments will be issued directly to the landlord.  Note that this program is funded by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and as a result, residents of Franklin Township, which has its own CDBG program, are not eligible. Funds are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis; submitting an application does not guarantee financial assistance will be provided.

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