Rental Assitance Extended in NJ

July 10th, 2020 11:34 AM by Shelly Bryant

State extends application deadline for emergency rental aid

The application period for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program offered through the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is now open. The pre-application period, which was originally supposed to end on July 10, has been extended to run through July 17.

The program will provide rental assistance to low- and moderate-income households that have had a substantial reduction in income as a result of the pandemic, including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Applicants may be eligible for up to a maximum of six months of emergency rental assistance. Qualifying households will be expected to pay 30 percent of their income toward rent, and the program will pay the remainder of their rent up to a cap. At the three-month mark, the household’s budget will be reviewed to determine if assistance is still needed. Assistance that is no longer necessary will be used to serve additional families.

Pre-applications for the program received from July 6 to July 17 will be entered into an online lottery. With the application period now open, households may submit pre-applications. Participants will be selected from the overall pool of applicants through a randomized process based on eligibility and the lottery criteria.

Additional information about the program, including eligibility requirements, is available in multiple languages and can be found on the DCA website.

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