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COVID-19 Housing Assistance

Updated: Jul 15, 2021

Enrollment for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance opens on March 22, 2021.

To be eligible for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program, you must:

  • Be a New Jersey resident 18 years of age or older.

  • Qualify for unemployment or have experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant cost, or experienced a financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

  • Have a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median income which can be found online at

  • If you previously received assistance during the last round of the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program but need additional rent support and have not yet received the maximum 12 months of emergency rental assistance, you can apply for this new round of funding.

Applications can be submitted online starting at 9 a.m. on March 22 with the use of a personal computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet at

Reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis will be extended to disabled individuals and people who have limited English proficiency. For households without internet access, applicants may contact the NJ Department of Community Affairs’ Applicant Services at (609) 490-4550 for assistance during the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week during the open enrollment period.

For more information the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program, please visit

Various counties and cities across the state have rental assistance programs that may help local residents. Funding is limited and on a first come, first serve basis for many of these program. Visit this page from NJ 211 for a listing of available housing assistance programs.


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