By: Follow South Jersey Staff
CAMDEN, N.J. — Renters are at risk of losing their homes or facing an eviction threat due to lost employment or income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic can take advantage of a program launched by the Camden County Freeholder Board.
The Camden County Rental Assistance Program makes available up to six months of back rent (April 2020 through September 2020) for a maximum of $4,000. While tenants will apply to take part in the program, payments will be made directly to landlords.
“There has been a crisis quietly building in the halls of rental properties across New Jersey and throughout the United States. While evictions have been paused to protect renters from being left homeless during this crisis, families are watching what they owe grow without any idea of how they’ll settle that debt before evictions resume,” Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. said. “Using $4 million of funding made available by the federal CARES Act, the Freeholder Board is hoping to alleviate some of that concern for renters in our community. This won’t be a panacea, but it will be a significant lifeline to hundreds of families.”
Congressman Donald Norcross has been working in partnership with the county governing body to get federal funds back into the community as quickly as possible.
“The CARES Act has delivered critical federal resources to local governments, and I applaud Camden County’s innovation in creating this rental assistance program to help residents struggling to make payments,” Norcross said. “This money will provide vital funding to renters who need our support during the ongoing public health crisis.”
Christina Renna, CEO and President of the S.J. Chamber of Commerce said that the impact of the program will not only help renters, but the local economy as well.
“This program will be another significant benefit to business owners who have gone months without rental payments,” Renna said. “Our members have been in a holding pattern since the start of the pandemic and this initiative is a win-win for the tenant and landlord.”
In order to qualify for Rental Assistance Program, tenants must meet the following eligibility and rules:
- Tenants cannot earn more than 50% of Average Area Median Income (AMI);
- Applicants will be required to provide proof of loss/reduction in employment or income;
- No duplication of funds will be permitted – apartments/landlords which are funded under the State’s tenant assistance program or Section 8 are not eligible;
- Landlords must agree to waive late fees and penalties accrued from April 2020 to September 2020; and
- Lease must have begun prior to 3/1/2020.
The program also includes the following income limits:
- 1-person, $33,850
- 2-person, $38,650
- 3-person, $43,500
- 4-person, $48,300
- 5-person, $52,200
- 6-person, $56,050
Applications for the program will be accepted beginning Thursday, Oct. 1, at 8 a.m., and be awarded on a first come, first served basis, and will be accepted until all available funds have been awarded. To apply, visit: www.CamdenRentGrant.com.
More information regarding the Rental Assistance Program, how to apply, and the additional eligibility requirements is available by visiting www.camdencounty.com.
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