New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency Announces Expansion of Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program

By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Assignment Editor

Photo: Jon Bradley | Follow South Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency has announced that the Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program reopened on Monday and will expand to continue covering renters’ missed payments from April-July 2020.

The program, which was initially created to support landlords who were missing out on rent payments due to the coronavirus pandemic, initially ran from August 19-26. Its second phase begun at noon on September 28 and will come to a close at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13.

“Whether they are tenants or landlords, many of New Jersey’s families are hurting in the ongoing economic crisis caused by the pandemic. No one should be struggling to keep a roof over their head during this crisis,” Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, who serves as Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, said in a press release. “The Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program is critical to ensuring the recovery of these families as we rebuild New Jersey’s economy together. Governor Murphy and I encourage every eligible landlord to apply for this COVID-19 relief program.”

New Jersey has allocated $15 million in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for the second phase of the program. Applicants will have to meet the following prerequisites in order to be eligible to receive a grant:

  • Applicants must own a residential property in New Jersey with 3 to 30 rental units
  • Applicants must be registered with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) Bureau of Housing Inspection
  • The property must not be a seasonal or vacation rental property
  • The property must have at least one non-vacant rental unit impacted by COVID-19 between April and July 2020
  • The property must have low-to-moderate income rent levels.

If you need assistance in filling out your application, the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency’s website has plenty of information — including a list of frequently asked questions and a sample application. You can apply for the program here.

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