New COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program Can Help NJ Residents Pay Housing Costs of up to $25,000 for Households Unable to Make Rent or Mortgage Payments Due to COVID-19
When: Applications will be processed until funding is exhausted or no later than December 18, 2020, whichever happens sooner.
How: Applications will be accepted ONLINE ONLY.
Maximum Income Eligibility (450% FPL)
The COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program will pay back-rent/mortgage and rent/mortgage payments on behalf of eligible households for a time period between March 2020 and December 2020 directly to the landlord. To qualify for this assistance, you must provide proof that you are not able to pay rent/mortgage due to COVID-19 (such as loss of income, reduced hours at work, unable to work due to being high-risk, having to quarantine or isolate, or due to a child’s remote learning). You also must confirm that you are not receiving funds to cover rent or mortgage payments through another state or federal program for the same time period.
After the initial application review, eligible households will need to submit documentation to show they meet the income requirement and were unable to pay their rent or mortgage due to COVID-19. Documentation may include two recent pay stubs, an employer letter, proof of receiving unemployment insurance benefits, and bank statements. You will also need proof of a current lease, rental agreement or mortgage information, and a letter from your landlord documenting your pay history and status.