COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP2)

The New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program offers relief to low- and moderate-income households that are unable to pay rent and utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Eviction Prevention Program (EPP)

The Eviction Prevention Program (EPP) is an extension of the CVERAP II designed to provide relief to tenants who have suffered deep economic losses through no fault of their tenants or themselves, and, simultaneously, make efforts to assist tenants who need help as a result of this crisis, in order to ensure some measure of security and stability for their families and communities; provide landlords with the restored rental income stream required to safely and efficiently operate their buildings; and prevent a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic that will threaten the health and safety of tenants, landlords, and the public at large.


The CVERAP2/Eviction Protection Program Portal is currently closed as funding has been fully obligated. If you have submitted a pre-application for CVERAP2/EPP prior to the closing of the waiting list and are contacted by DCA, please follow the application instructions you are given.

If you have not previously submitted a pre-application and are in need of help in paying rent arrears or future rental assistance, you may submit a pre-application here to be considered, in the future,  if DCA receives additional funds.

You may be able to receive permanent forgiveness for rent owed from between March 2020 and August 2021 if you meet the income restrictions of 120% AMI (Area Median Income) or from March 2020 to December 2021 if you meet the income restrictions of 80% AMI (Area Median Income). To take advantage of this protection you must fill out a NJ Eviction Protection Income Self-Certification Form using this link: https://covid19.nj.gov/forms/renterform(opens in a new tab) (opens in a new tab)(opens in a new tab)(opens in a new tab)(opens in a new tab)(opens in a new tab)(opens in a new tab). It is based on your income, whether your household was affected by COVID-19, and if an application for rental assistance (including a pre-application here) has been submitted.

Please note that any pre-application submitted at this time will not be considered unless additional funds become available. Please be sure to apply for any other funding you may be eligible for, including:

·        Help with utility arrears and assistance paying utility bills: DCAid Services  · Custom Portal (nj.gov)

·        Other NJ assistance: https://dcaid.dca.nj.gov/en-US/

·        Other eligible local governments that received funds from US Treasury for Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA): Find Rental Assistance Programs in Your Area | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (consumerfinance.gov)

 

Please also visit NJ Eviction Protection Income Self-Certification Form to self-certify to be protected from eviction.


Below are the Steps to Complete an Application for Assistance:

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Step 1: Submit Pre-Application

Currently accepting applications from residents of New Jersey. Apply now. 

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Step 2: Complete Full Application

Only families selected from the waiting list will be able to complete this application.

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Step 3: Submit Requested Documents

Family and income are required. Upload them here.

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Step 4: Owner Documents

Owners are required to submit certifications and a W9.

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News & Announcements

Department of Community Affairs - 2021 Press Release

DCA Announces COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Application Period Closes on December 15, 2021

Department is Urging Residents to Apply for Rental Assistance While the Application Period Remains Open and Self-Certify to Get Protected from Eviction

For more details, please visit https://nj.gov/dca/news/news/2021/approved/20211115a.shtml


Attention Landlords and Property Owners! COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Phase II Enrollment Opens March 22, 2021

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Phase II Enrollment Opens March 22

The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP) Phase II provides temporary rental assistance to low- and moderate-income households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.Once assistance is approved and you, as the property owner, provide the required documents, DCA will make payments directly to you.

See the flyer for landlords with more information here!

Attention Renters! COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Phase II Enrollment Opens March 22, 2021

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Phase II Enrollment Opens March 22

The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP) Phase II provides temporary rentalassistance to low- and moderate-income households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here for more information!

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