New Jersey opens COVID-19 rental assistance applications

opens in a new windowNew Jersey opens COVID-19 rental assistance applications / The Press of Atlantic / 3/23/21

The pre-application process is open for Phase II of New Jersey’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program run by the Department of Community Affairs.

The program funds, awarded by a lottery system, will cover up to a year’s rent dating to March 13, 2020.

The application process opened Monday and is through the DCA  opens in a new windowwebsite.

Pre-applications will remain open until an adequate number of people have submitted their applications, according to Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, who is also DCA commissioner.

Assistance is limited to low- and moderate-income households that have had a substantial reduction in income, have qualified for unemployment benefits, incurred significant costs or experienced a financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the state.

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Nan McKay & Associates has been authorized by the DCA to assist in the administration of the program and to communicate with applicants and landlords, the DCA website said.

“We are excited to see more funding going to folks, but we know that this isn’t enough for all of us to get the help we need and that homeowners need relief, too,” said Jody Stewart of the New Jersey Organizing Project. “We are still fighting for real eviction and foreclosure protections.”https://5ac6bb83ca5d010ed3191d1b8b6f89d5.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Residents can apply at njdca.onlinepha.com.

More than 15,000 households received assistance in the first phase.

David Brogan, executive director of the New Jersey Apartment Association, said he and his members are encouraged by the additional rental assistance funds and that it is “imperative” that the state disburse the money as soon as possible, pointing out that many landlords have gone a year without rent.

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He would like more aid available to more middle class families, he said.

“The multifamily industry pays over a billion dollars a year in property taxes,” Brogan said.

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