Application Period Now Open for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The application period for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP) is now open, Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin announced today.

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.

"I encourage renters in Newark and Belleville who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program today,” said Pintor Marin said. "These funds can help residents stay in their homes during these difficult times."

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 opening today, 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.

Households may qualify for the lottery based on the below standards:

Eligibility Requirements

  • Have a gross annual household income that is at or below the program’s maximum income limits for the county where they will be residing;
  • Be a New Jersey resident and have a current lease in New Jersey;
  • Be current on their rent as of March 2020; this program will not assist with arrears;
  • Have a substantial reduction in income or be unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Have a lack of assets and savings to pay rent;
  • Will pay a minimum of 30% of their income towards the rent; and
  • Are not currently receiving a subsidy from another rental assistance program or living in public housing. Households receiving any other rental assistance are ineligible

The CVERAP maximum income limits can be found here: https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/cverap.html

CVERAP pre-applications can be submitted ONLINE starting at 9:00 a.m. on July 6 with the use of a personal computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet at https://www.waitlistcheck.com/NJ559-2809.

Paper CVERAP pre-applications will not be distributed or accepted. However, people without internet access or disabled individuals who need a reasonable accommodation may contact DCA’s Applicant Service at 609-292-4080, Option 1 or 8, for assistance. Submission of a CVERAP pre-application does not guarantee placement in the program. Only one CVERAP pre-application per household will be accepted. Duplicate CVERAP pre-applications will be rejected.

DCA will provide centralized application intake, eligibility review, and payment directly to participants’ landlords. As part of the landlord contract, DCA will encourage landlords to agree to a reasonable payment plan for any rent arrearages, not to evict for any arrearages accumulated prior to the start of CVERAP assistance, and not to evict due to unpaid rent for six months after the end of assistance.

Additional information about the program, available in multiple languages, can be found on the DCA website at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/cverap.html.

COVID-19 EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE MAXIMUM INCOME LIMIT

 COUNTY 1 PERSON 2 PERSON  3 PERSON  4 PERSON  5 PERSON  6 PERSON  7 PERSON  8 PERSON
Atlantic  $46,450  $53,100  $59,750  $66,350  $71,700  $77,000  $82,300  $87,600
Bergen    $62,800  $70,650  $78,500  $84,800  $91,100  $9,7350  $103,650
Burlington    $54,150  $61,850  $69,600  $77,300  $83,500  $89,700  $95,900  $102,050
Camden  $54,150  $61,850  $69,600  $77,300  $83,500  $89,700  $95,900  $102,050
Cape May  $48,100  $54,950  $61,800  $68,650  $74,150  $79,650  $85,150  $90,650
Cumberland   $41,100  $47,000  $52,850  $58,700  $63,400  $68,100  $72,800  $77,500
Essex  $54,950  $62,800  $70,650  $78,500  $84,800  $91,100  $97,350  $103,650
Gloucester  $54,150  $61,850  $69,600  $77,300  $83,500  $89,700  $95,900  $102,050
Hudson  $55,250  $63,150  $71,050  $78,900  $85,250  $91,550  $97,850  $104,150
Hunterdon    $66,050  $74,300  $82,550  $89,200  $95,800  $102,400  $109,000
Mercer  $54,950  $62,800  $70,650  $78,500  $84,800  $91,100  $97,350  $103,650
Middlesex  $57,800  $66,050  $74,300  $82,550  $89,200  $95,800  $102,400  $109,000
Monmouth  $54,950  $62,800  $70,650  $78,500  $84,800  $91,100  $97,350  $103,650
Morris  $54,950  $62,800  $70,650  $78,500  $84,800  $91,100  $97,350  $103,650
Ocean  $54,950  $62,800  $70,650  $78,500  $84,800  $91,100  $97,350  $103,650
Passaic  $54,950  $62,800  $70,650  $78,500  $84,800  $91,100  $97,350  $103,650
Salem  $54,150  $61,850  $69,600  $77,300  $83,500  $89,700  $95,900  $102,050
Somerset  $57,800  $66,050  $74,300  $82,550  $89,200  $95,800  $102,400  $109,000
Sussex  $54,950  $62,800  $70,650  $78,500  $84,800  $91,100  $97,350  $103,650
Union  $54,950  $62,800  $70,650  $78,500  $84,800  $91,100  $97,350  $103,650
Warren  $54,950  $62,800  $70,650  $78,500  $84,800  $91,100  $97,350  $103,650

 

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