Rent Payment Relief for New Jersey Residents Affected By COVID-19

New Jersey Residents having difficulty paying their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for rental assistance from the Department of Community Affairs.

Rent Payment Relief for New Jersey Residents Affected By COVID-19

New Jersey Residents having difficulty paying their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for rental assistance from the Department of Community Affairs.

June 16, 2020

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If you live in New Jersey and have experienced a significant reduction in your income which is affecting your ability to pay your rent, you may qualify for assistance under the new Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

About The Program

The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP) can help low- and moderate-income New Jersey households find rental assistance. If you have endured financial difficulties due to the COVID-19, and have had a substantial reduction in your income, or have become unemployed as a result of the pandemic, you may be eligible for up to six months of emergency rental assistance.

Who Is Eligible

This emergency assistance program is not guaranteed – you must submit an application in order to be considered. Below are the qualification requirements:

  • Be a New Jersey resident renting an apartment or house in New Jersey
  • Your rent must be paid-up as of March 2020 (not in arrears)
  • You must have experienced a substantial reduction in your income, or be receiving unemployment benefits, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • You must not have any assets or savings you can use to pay your rent
  • You must be able and willing to pay at least 30% of your income towards rent

There is a limit on the amount of assistance that will be paid, based on the fair market rent standard (or the total amount of rent), and which county you reside in. The income limits range from $41,100 for a one-person household in Somerset or Cumberland county, up to $109,000 for an 8-person household in Hunterdon county.

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted through the New Jersey DCA website only – paper applications are not available, nor will they be accepted.

The enrollment period opens on July 6, 2020 at 9:00 AM and closes on July 10 at 5:00 PM ET. Once the enrollment period is open, the application will be located at https://www.waitlistcheck.com/NJ559-2809. Until then, more information is available on the NJDCA website.

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