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Program Details

Please select a program tile below to view details on each relief program:

For Landlords

For Tenants/Renters

Landlord Details

Overview

County of Union has received funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury intended to provide rental utility assistance to eligible households negatively impacted due to COVID-19, and the resulting economic environment. If you are a tenant, who has experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19’s economic impact, and have been unable to meet your financial obligations of paying your rent or utility payments as of March 2020, then please check to see if you are eligible for this program to cover any owed payments. This County-wide program covers all eligible residents from all 21 municipalities and will remain open for submission from July 26th, 2021 – September 3rd, 2021 (as long as funds are available).

As a landlord, you have an essential role in the program and are encouraged to actively participate to be eligible for funding. Landlords who register for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (“ERAP”) will be paid directly for past-due rent if their tenant’s application is approved.

Important to Note:

Registration is required for landlords to participate in the program and receive funds directly on behalf of their approved tenants. Registration allows tenants and landlords to be matched up within the system and creates the ability for landlords to see the status of tenant applications.

If a landlord is not registered, the landlord will receive a registration invitation when a tenant applies to the program and provides landlord information on the application.

Landlords cannot apply on behalf of tenants but are encouraged to share the program details with tenants. Registered landlords will receive notifications about tenant applications and be asked to provide rental ledgers for each tenant’s past-due rent and up to three months of prospective rent. Prompt responses to ERAP application requests will help expedite the process and payment issuance for approved tenants. Please note the landlord must comply with the terms and conditions laid out in the Landlord Agreement. If approved for direct funding, the landlord MUST dismiss, any and all complaints filed in Landlord Tenancy Court or any other Court against the Tenant/Applicant. The landlord MUST also withdraw any Notices to Quit, served to the Tenant/Applicant prior to the receipt of the rental assistance payment.

Registration Requirements

  • Completed W9 form(s)
  • List of rental properties with physical address

To register, click HERE and follow the instructions.

If you are unsure about whether your documentation is acceptable, please call us for assistance at 855-552-1172.

If your tenant is approved for rental financial assistance, payment will be made directly to the landlord on the tenant’s behalf. Please make sure all of the registration information is correct or the ability to match landlords and tenants may be delayed, leading to a delay in payment. Landlords will receive an email notification of their tenant’s approval along with the total payment amount made to the landlord and/or utility provider.

Key Dates & Other Information

  • Monday, July 26th 2021: Landlord Registration Begins and Applicant Portal is opened for registration
  • Monday, August 2nd 2021: Applications made available to tenants / application review period begins

Additional Disclosures

Here are some additional details about the funding source for this program:

  • Federal award identification: Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • FAIN number: ERA-2101070620
  • Federal award date: January 15, 2021
  • Federal award project description: The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. No. 116-260) established the $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program. The funding provided by the ERA program will assist eligible households that have difficulty making timely payments of rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the ERA program, Treasury will make payments directly to States (including the District of Columbia), U.S. Territories (Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa) local governments with more than 200,000 residents, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), and Indian tribes (defined to include Alaska native corporations) or the tribally designated housing entity of an Indian tribe, as applicable (collectively the “eligible grantees”). Treasury must make direct payments to the eligible grantees no later than 30 days after December 27, 2020. Eligible grantees must use not less than 90 percent of the awarded funds to provide financial assistance to eligible households, including payment of rent, rental arrears, utilities and home energy costs, utilities and home energy costs arears, and other expenses related to housing incurred due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible grantees may use the remaining funds to provide housing stability services to eligible households, including case management, other services intended to keep households stably housed, and administrative costs.
  • Federal awarding agency: U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
  • Pass-through entity: County of Union
  • CFDA number: 21.023
  • CFDA name: Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • R&D designation: Non-R&D


Tenant/ Renter Details

Overview

The County of Union has received funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury intended to provide rental assistance to eligible households negatively impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting economic environment. If you are a tenant who has experienced financial hardship due directly or indirectly to COVID-19, and particularly if you have been unable to meet your rent obligations at any point since March 13, 2020, then you may be eligible for this program to cover up to 12 months of rental arrears and/or up to three months of future rent payments. This program is available countywide to all residents who meet federal eligibility criteria, with additional priority for applicants who face additional vulnerability, as detailed below.

Qualifying Criteria

To qualify for the ERAP Program the applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a resident of Union County
  • Demonstrate need for assistance prior to or at the time of application as reflected by the eligibility criteria set forth below.
  • Meet the definition of "eligible household".
  • Complete the online application in full and upload all necessary supporting documentation.
  • Incomplete applications will be closed if documentation is not provided within 14 days of notification of missing documents

An "eligible household" is defined as a renter household in which one or more individuals meets all of the following criteria:

  • Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income;
  • Incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to COVID-19;
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
  • Certifies household income at or below 80% of the HUD area median income (AMI).

Priority will be given to households who meet the following criteria:

  • Has an individual who has been unemployed for 90 days prior to application for assistance; AND/OR
  • Has a household income at or below fifty percent (50%) of the area median income.

Income Determination

The program will utilize the most recently published income limits published by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the area in question. Household income is determined by one of the following methods:

  • Household income for the 2020 calendar year; or
  • Household monthly income at the time of application. Under this methodology, income must be re-determined every three months.

All applications include an attestation by the tenant that affirms the household is eligible for assistance based on eligibility for unemployment benefits, experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship either directly or indirectly caused by the COVID-19 outbreak

Key Dates & Other Information

  • Monday, July 26th 2021: Landlord Registration Begins and Applicant Portal is opened for registration
  • Monday, August 2nd 2021: Applications made available to tenants / application review period begins

Award Details

If one or more individuals within the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak; and one or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; you may be eligible for up to twelve (12) months of assistance with rental arrears and up to three (3) months of assistance with prospective rent assistance for your Union County residence.

Application Requirements

If there is a discrepancy between the answers you provide and the documents you attach, processing may be delayed, or you may not qualify for financial assistance at all. Timing of the approval and payment process may vary based on adequacy of the documentation provided, the number of applications received, and applicant’s prioritization established by the program.

You will need to attach the following documents to your application:

  • Valid New Jersey driver’s license, ID card or passport: scanned copy of the front of your valid New Jersey driver’s license, or alternate identification card or passport
  • Full lease or rental agreement: copy of your current lease or rental agreement (all pages and must show your name or the name of someone in your household)
  • Income verification: Applicants who have received a signed 2020 IRS Tax Return(s) or 2020 W-2 and/or 1099 forms should submit these for the head of the household and all other non-dependent adult contributing members; attach scanned copies or legible photos of these documents. Other documentation explaining income status or waiver may be acceptable upon review.
  • Valid identification documentation for other household members: scanned copies or legible photos of identification documents for all members of the household (examples include: New Jersey driver’s licenses, Municipal IDs, or passports for all other adult household members; for children: birth certificates, school enrollment documentation, or school immunization records). If other adult household members are listed on your current lease agreement or 2020 Tax Return, that will be acceptable proof of identification.

If you are unsure about whether your documentation is acceptable, please call us for assistance at 855-552-1172.

If you are approved for rental and/or utility financial assistance, payment will be made directly to the landlord and/or utility provider on your behalf. If your landlord opts out of the program or does not agree to the registration terms and conditions, payment will be provided directly to you for payment of rent. Please make sure all of this information is correct or your application may be delayed and/or rejected. You will receive an email notification of your approval and the total payment amount made to your landlord and/or utility provider. 

Additional Disclosures

Here are some additional details about the funding source for this program:

  • Federal award identification: Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • FAIN number:  ERA-2101070620
  • Federal award date: January 15, 2021
  • Federal award project description: The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. No. 116-260) established the $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program. The funding provided by the ERA program will assist eligible households that have difficulty making timely payments of rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the ERA program, Treasury will make payments directly to States (including the District of Columbia), U.S. Territories (Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa) local governments with more than 200,000 residents, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), and Indian tribes (defined to include Alaska native corporations) or the tribally designated housing entity of an Indian tribe, as applicable (collectively the “eligible grantees”). Treasury must make direct payments to the eligible grantees no later than 30 days after December 27, 2020. Eligible grantees must use not less than 90 percent of the awarded funds to provide financial assistance to eligible households, including payment of rent, rental arrears, utilities and home energy costs, utilities and home energy costs arears, and other expenses related to housing incurred due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible grantees may use the remaining funds to provide housing stability services to eligible households, including case management, other services intended to keep households stably housed, and administrative costs.
  • Federal awarding agency: U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
  • Pass-through entity: County of Union, NJ
  • CFDA number: 21.023
  • CFDA name: Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • R&D designation: Non-R&D
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Program Details

Please select a program tile below to view details on each relief program:

For Landlords

For Tenants/Renters

Landlord Details

Overview

Bergen County has received funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury intended to provide rental utility assistance to eligible households negatively impacted due to COVID-19, and the resulting economic environment. If you are a tenant, who has experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19’s economic impact, and have been unable to meet your financial obligations of paying your rent or utility payments as of March 2020, then please check to see if you are eligible for this program to cover any owed payments. This County-wide program covers all eligible residents from all 70 municipalities and will remain open for submission from June 14, 2021 -July 23, 2021 (as long as funds are available).

As a landlord, you have an essential role in the program and are encouraged to actively participate to be eligible for funding. Landlords who register for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (“ERAP”) will be paid directly for past-due rent if their tenant’s application is approved.

Important to Note:

Registration is required for landlords to participate in the program and receive funds directly on behalf of their approved tenants. Registration allows tenants and landlords to be matched up within the system and creates the ability for landlords to see the status of tenant applications.

If a landlord is not registered, the landlord will receive a registration invitation when a tenant applies to the program and provides landlord information on the application.

Landlords cannot apply on behalf of tenants but are encouraged to share the program details with tenants. Registered landlords will receive notifications about tenant applications and be asked to provide rental ledgers for each tenant’s past-due rent. Prompt responses to ERAP application requests will help expedite the process and payment issuance for approved tenants.

Registration Requirements

  • Completed W9 form(s)
  • List of rental properties with physical address

To register, click HERE and follow the instructions.

If you are unsure about whether your documentation is acceptable, please call us for assistance at 855-203-6952.

If your tenant is approved for rental financial assistance, payment will be made directly to the landlord on the tenant’s behalf. Please make sure all of the registration information is correct or the ability to match landlords and tenants may be delayed, leading to a delay in payment. Landlords will receive an email notification of their tenant’s approval along with the total payment amount made to the landlord and/or utility provider.

Key Dates & Other Information

  • Monday, June 7th: Landlord Registration Begins and Applicant Portal is opened for registration
  • Monday, June 14th: Applications made available to tenants / application review period begins

Additional Disclosures

Here are some additional details about the funding source for this program:

  • Federal award identification: Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • FAIN number: ERA-2101070620
  • Federal award date: January 15, 2021
  • Federal award project description: The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. No. 116-260) established the $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program. The funding provided by the ERA program will assist eligible households that have difficulty making timely payments of rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the ERA program, Treasury will make payments directly to States (including the District of Columbia), U.S. Territories (Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa) local governments with more than 200,000 residents, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), and Indian tribes (defined to include Alaska native corporations) or the tribally designated housing entity of an Indian tribe, as applicable (collectively the “eligible grantees”). Treasury must make direct payments to the eligible grantees no later than 30 days after December 27, 2020. Eligible grantees must use not less than 90 percent of the awarded funds to provide financial assistance to eligible households, including payment of rent, rental arrears, utilities and home energy costs, utilities and home energy costs arears, and other expenses related to housing incurred due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible grantees may use the remaining funds to provide housing stability services to eligible households, including case management, other services intended to keep households stably housed, and administrative costs.
  • Federal awarding agency: U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
  • Pass-through entity: Bergen County, NJ
  • CFDA number: 21.023
  • CFDA name: Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • R&D designation: Non-R&D


Tenant/ Renter Details

Overview

Bergen County has received funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury intended to provide rental and utility assistance to eligible households negatively impacted due to COVID-19, and the resulting economic environment. If you are a tenant, who has experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19’s economic impact, and you have been unable to meet your financial obligations of paying your rent or utility payments as of March 2020, then please check to see if you are eligible for this program to cover any owed and future payments. This County-wide program covers all eligible residents from all 70 municipalities and will remain open as long as funds are available.

Qualifying Criteria

To qualify, you must:

  • Be a Bergen County resident, immigration status does not matter. All non-US Citizens welcome to apply!
  • Have a 2020 household income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) in Bergen  County and either qualify for unemployment or experienced a reduction in household income due to COVID-19. [*See HUD 2020 Area Median Income Table for Bergen County below.]
  • Be currently responsible for paying rent at your primary residence
  • Be currently responsible for paying utilities for your primary residence (unless utilities are included in your rent)
  • Be currently at least one month behind on your rent and/or utilities

Award Details

If you have experienced a loss or reduction in employment income due to COVID-19 in the last year, you may be eligible for up to twelve (12) months of arrears, plus an additional three (3) months of prospective or arrears, for rent and/or utilities assistance for your Bergen County residence.

If you are approved for rental and/or utility financial assistance, payment will be made directly to the landlord and/or utility provider on your behalf. If your landlord opts out of the program or does not agree to the registration terms and conditions, payment will be provided directly to you for payment of rent. Please make sure all of this information is correct or your application may be delayed and/or rejected.

You will receive a written notification of your approval and the total payment amount made to your landlord and/or utility provider.

Application Requirements

You will need to attach the following documents to your application:

  • Valid New Jersey driver’s license, ID card or passport: Copy of your valid New Jersey driver's license, other types of ID card, birth certificate, or passport. *Other forms of identification or proof of residency may be acceptable upon review.
  • Full lease or rental agreement: Copy of your current or expired lease or rental agreement (all pages and must show your name or the name of someone in your household) or a signed letter from your Landlord or Property Manager, or bank statements/cash receipts demonstrating recurring payments to property location AND a signed Self Certifying Attestation Form attached here. This attestation must be read in its entirety prior to signing and attached within the application as an "additional document". IMPORTANT: Please note that if only the attestation is provided without supporting documentation showing your rental amount, if approved, your ERAP award will be determined by THE HUD zip code analysis of your municipality's Fair Market Rent and the number of months of assistance may be limited.
  • Latest utility bills: If seeking utility payments, then will need a copy of your utility bills from each of your electric and/or gas providers (must have your name or the name of someone in your household on them AND must display your account number).
  • Signed 2020 IRS Tax Return(s) or 2020 W-2 and/or 1099 forms (or 2020 IRS transcript): Willi accept signed 2020 IRS Tax Return(s) or 2020 W-2 and/or 1099 forms, or unemployment letters, job loss letters from employers, pay stubs, government benefits letters (e.g. Social Security Insurance award letter). For any households who cannot provide sufficient documentation explaining income status, a signed Self-Certifying Attestation Form (attached here) will be acceptable upon review and attached within the application as an "additional document". If the attestation is utilized, it must be read in its entirety prior to signing.
  • Valid identification documentation for household members: scanned copies of identification documents for all members of the household (examples include: State issued IDs or Passports for all other adult household members, birth certificates for children, school enrollment documentation for children, school immunization records for children). If other adult household members are listed on your current lease agreement or 2020 Tax Return, that will be acceptable proof of identification.

HUD INCOME TABLE FOR BERGEN COUNTY AREA MEDIAN INCOME: (Must make at or less than the 80% AMI in order to be eligible per your household size)


If you are unsure about whether your documentation is acceptable, please call us for assistance at 855-203-6952.

If you are approved for rental and/or utility financial assistance, payment will be made directly to the landlord and/or utility provider on your behalf. If your landlord opts out of the program or does not agree to the registration terms and conditions, payment will be provided directly to you for payment of rent. Please make sure all of this information is correct or your application may be delayed and/or rejected. You will receive an email notification of your approval and the total payment amount made to your landlord and/or utility provider. 

Additional Disclosures

Here are some additional details about the funding source for this program:

  • Federal award identification: Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • FAIN number:  ERA-2101070620
  • Federal award date: January 15, 2021
  • Federal award project description: The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. No. 116-260) established the $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program. The funding provided by the ERA program will assist eligible households that have difficulty making timely payments of rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the ERA program, Treasury will make payments directly to States (including the District of Columbia), U.S. Territories (Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa) local governments with more than 200,000 residents, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), and Indian tribes (defined to include Alaska native corporations) or the tribally designated housing entity of an Indian tribe, as applicable (collectively the “eligible grantees”). Treasury must make direct payments to the eligible grantees no later than 30 days after December 27, 2020. Eligible grantees must use not less than 90 percent of the awarded funds to provide financial assistance to eligible households, including payment of rent, rental arrears, utilities and home energy costs, utilities and home energy costs arears, and other expenses related to housing incurred due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible grantees may use the remaining funds to provide housing stability services to eligible households, including case management, other services intended to keep households stably housed, and administrative costs.
  • Federal awarding agency: U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
  • Pass-through entity: Bergen County, NJ
  • CFDA number: 21.023
  • CFDA name: Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • R&D designation: Non-R&D

Program Details

Please select a program tile below to view details on each relief program:

For Landlords

For Tenants/Renters

Landlord Details

Overview

City of Newark has received funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury intended to provide rental utility assistance to eligible households negatively impacted due to COVID-19, and the resulting economic environment. If your a tenant has experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19’s economic impact, and has been unable to meet their financial obligations of paying their rent or utility payments as of March 2020, then please have them check to see if you are eligible for this program to cover any owed payments. This City wide program covers all eligible residents from all 70 municipalities and will remain open for submission from July 26, 2021 - September 10, 2021 (as long as funds are available). Landlord registration begins July 19, 2021.

As a landlord, you have an essential role in the program and are encouraged to actively participate to be eligible for funding. Landlords who register for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (“ERAP”) will be paid directly for past-due rent if their tenant’s application is approved.

Important to Note:

Registration is required for landlords to participate in the program and receive funds directly on behalf of their approved tenants. Registration allows tenants and landlords to be matched up within the system and creates the ability for landlords to see the status of tenant applications.

If a landlord is not registered, the landlord will receive a registration invitation when a tenant applies to the program and provides landlord information on the application.

Landlords cannot apply on behalf of tenants but are encouraged to share the program details with tenants. Registered landlords will receive notifications about tenant applications and be asked to provide rental ledgers for each tenant’s past-due rent. Prompt responses to ERAP application requests will help expedite the process and payment issuance for approved tenants. Please note the landlord must comply with the terms and conditions laid out in the Landlord Agreement. If approved for direct funding, the landlord MUST dismiss, any and all complaints filed in Landlord Tenancy Court or any other Court against the Tenant/Applicant. The landlord MUST also withdraw any Notices to Quit, served to the Tenant/Applicant prior to the receipt of the rental assistance payment.

Registration Requirements

  • Completed W9 form(s)
  • List of rental properties with physical address

To register, click HERE and follow the instructions.

If you are unsure about whether your documentation is acceptable, please call us for assistance at 866-484-9033.

If your tenant is approved for rental financial assistance, payment will be made directly to the landlord on the tenant’s behalf. Please make sure all of the registration information is correct or the ability to match landlords and tenants may be delayed, leading to a delay in payment. Landlords will receive an email notification of their tenant’s approval along with the total payment amount made to the landlord and/or utility provider.

Key Dates & Other Information

  • Monday, July 19th: Landlord Registration Begins and Applicant Portal is opened for registration
  • Monday, July 26th: Applications made available to tenants / application review period begins
  • Friday, December 31st: New Jersey eviction moratorium expires (unless ended sooner by Governor)

Additional Disclosures

Here are some additional details about the funding source for this program:

  • Federal award identification: Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • FAIN number: ERA-2101070620
  • Federal award date: January 15, 2021
  • Federal award project description: The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. No. 116-260) established the $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program. The funding provided by the ERA program will assist eligible households that have difficulty making timely payments of rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the ERA program, Treasury will make payments directly to States (including the District of Columbia), U.S. Territories (Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa) local governments with more than 200,000 residents, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), and Indian tribes (defined to include Alaska native corporations) or the tribally designated housing entity of an Indian tribe, as applicable (collectively the “eligible grantees”). Treasury must make direct payments to the eligible grantees no later than 30 days after December 27, 2020. Eligible grantees must use not less than 90 percent of the awarded funds to provide financial assistance to eligible households, including payment of rent, rental arrears, utilities and home energy costs, utilities and home energy costs arears, and other expenses related to housing incurred due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible grantees may use the remaining funds to provide housing stability services to eligible households, including case management, other services intended to keep households stably housed, and administrative costs.
  • Federal awarding agency: U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
  • Pass-through entity: City of Newark, NJ
  • CFDA number: 21.023
  • CFDA name: Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • R&D designation: Non-R&D


Tenant/ Renter Details

Overview

The City of Newark has received funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury intended to provide rental and utility assistance to eligible households impacted by COVID-19. If you are a tenant who has experienced financial hardship due directly or indirectly to COVID-19, and particularly if you have been unable to meet your rent obligations at any point since March 13, 2020, then you may be eligible for this program. The program can cover rental arrears and/or up to three months of future rent payments. This program is available to all residents who meet federal eligibility criteria, with priority for applicants who face additional damages. Applicants may also be eligible to receive utility assistance, applicants can include this when applying for rental assistance.

Qualifying Criteria

To qualify, you and/or your household must meet all of the following:

  • Be a Newark resident,
  • Have a 2020 household income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) in the City of Newark
  • One or more members of your household qualifies for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to COVID-19
  • One or more members of your household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability
  • Be currently responsible for paying rent at your primary residence

Key Dates & Other Information

  • Monday, July 19th: Landlord Registration Begins and Applicant Portal is opened for registration
  • Monday, July 26th: Applications made available to tenants / application review period begins
  • Friday, December 31st: New Jersey eviction moratorium expires (unless ended sooner by Governor)

Award Details

If one or more individuals within the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak; and one or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; you may be eligible for up to twelve (12) months of assistance with rental arrears and up to three (3) months of assistance with prospective rent assistance for your Newark residence.

Application Requirements

If there is a discrepancy between the answers you provide and the documents you attach, processing may be delayed, or you may not qualify for financial assistance at all. Timing of the approval and payment process may vary based on adequacy of the documentation provided, the number of applications received, and program's established prioritization criteria

You will need to attach the following documents to your application:

  • Valid New Jersey driver’s license, ID card, Newark Municipal ID or passport:scanned copy of the front of your valid New Jersey driver’s license, or alternate identification card or passport
  • Full lease or rental agreement: copy or legible photo of your current lease pages or rental agreement (all pages and must show your name or the name of someone in your household)
  • Income verification: Applicants who have received a signed 2020 IRS Tax Return(s) or 2020 W-2 and/or 1099 forms should submit these for the head of the household and all other non-dependent adult contributing members; attach scanned copies or legible photos of these documents. "Other documentation explaining income status or waiver will be acceptable upon review.
  • Valid identification documentation for other household members identification documentation for household members: scanned copies or legible photos of identification documents for all members of the household (examples include: New Jersey driver’s licenses, Newark Municipal IDs, or passports for all other adult household members; for children: birth certificates, school enrollment documentation, or school immunization records). If other adult household members are listed on your current lease agreement or 2020 Tax Return, that will be acceptable proof of identification.

If you are unsure about whether your documentation is acceptable or have other questions regarding your application, please call us for assistance at (866)-484-9033.

All applicants will be required to attest that the information that they have included in their application is correct and complete.

If you are approved for rental assistance, payment will be made directly to the landlord on your behalf; in the event that the landlord does not respond and/or choose to participate in the program following outreach from program administrators, rental payments will be made directly to tenants. Please make sure all of this information is correct or your application may be delayed and/or rejected. You will receive an email notification of your approval and the total payment amount made to your landlord. 

Additional Disclosures

Here are some additional details about the funding source for this program:

  • Federal award identification: Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • FAIN number:  ERA-2101070620
  • Federal award date: January 15, 2021
  • Federal award project description: The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. No. 116-260) established the $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program. The funding provided by the ERA program will assist eligible households that have difficulty making timely payments of rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the ERA program, Treasury will make payments directly to States (including the District of Columbia), U.S. Territories (Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa) local governments with more than 200,000 residents, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), and Indian tribes (defined to include Alaska native corporations) or the tribally designated housing entity of an Indian tribe, as applicable (collectively the “eligible grantees”). Treasury must make direct payments to the eligible grantees no later than 30 days after December 27, 2020. Eligible grantees must use not less than 90 percent of the awarded funds to provide financial assistance to eligible households, including payment of rent, rental arrears, utilities and home energy costs, utilities and home energy costs arears, and other expenses related to housing incurred due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible grantees may use the remaining funds to provide housing stability services to eligible households, including case management, other services intended to keep households stably housed, and administrative costs.
  • Federal awarding agency: U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
  • Pass-through entity: City of Newark, NJ
  • CFDA number: 21.023
  • CFDA name: Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • R&D designation: Non-R&D

Program Details

Please select a program tile below to view details on each relief program:

For Landlords

For Tenants/Renters

Landlord Details

Overview

County of Union has received funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury intended to provide rental utility assistance to eligible households negatively impacted due to COVID-19, and the resulting economic environment. If you are a tenant, who has experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19’s economic impact, and have been unable to meet your financial obligations of paying your rent or utility payments as of March 2020, then please check to see if you are eligible for this program to cover any owed payments. This County-wide program covers all eligible residents from all 21 municipalities and will remain open for submission from July 26th, 2021 – September 3rd, 2021 (as long as funds are available).

As a landlord, you have an essential role in the program and are encouraged to actively participate to be eligible for funding. Landlords who register for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (“ERAP”) will be paid directly for past-due rent if their tenant’s application is approved.

Important to Note:

Registration is required for landlords to participate in the program and receive funds directly on behalf of their approved tenants. Registration allows tenants and landlords to be matched up within the system and creates the ability for landlords to see the status of tenant applications.

If a landlord is not registered, the landlord will receive a registration invitation when a tenant applies to the program and provides landlord information on the application.

Landlords cannot apply on behalf of tenants but are encouraged to share the program details with tenants. Registered landlords will receive notifications about tenant applications and be asked to provide rental ledgers for each tenant’s past-due rent and up to three months of prospective rent. Prompt responses to ERAP application requests will help expedite the process and payment issuance for approved tenants. Please note the landlord must comply with the terms and conditions laid out in the Landlord Agreement. If approved for direct funding, the landlord MUST dismiss, any and all complaints filed in Landlord Tenancy Court or any other Court against the Tenant/Applicant. The landlord MUST also withdraw any Notices to Quit, served to the Tenant/Applicant prior to the receipt of the rental assistance payment.

Registration Requirements

  • Completed W9 form(s)
  • List of rental properties with physical address

To register, click HERE and follow the instructions.

If you are unsure about whether your documentation is acceptable, please call us for assistance at 855-552-1172.

If your tenant is approved for rental financial assistance, payment will be made directly to the landlord on the tenant’s behalf. Please make sure all of the registration information is correct or the ability to match landlords and tenants may be delayed, leading to a delay in payment. Landlords will receive an email notification of their tenant’s approval along with the total payment amount made to the landlord and/or utility provider.

Key Dates & Other Information

  • Monday, July 26th 2021: Landlord Registration Begins and Applicant Portal is opened for registration
  • Monday, August 2nd 2021: Applications made available to tenants / application review period begins

Additional Disclosures

Here are some additional details about the funding source for this program:

  • Federal award identification: Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • FAIN number: ERA-2101070620
  • Federal award date: January 15, 2021
  • Federal award project description: The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. No. 116-260) established the $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program. The funding provided by the ERA program will assist eligible households that have difficulty making timely payments of rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the ERA program, Treasury will make payments directly to States (including the District of Columbia), U.S. Territories (Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa) local governments with more than 200,000 residents, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), and Indian tribes (defined to include Alaska native corporations) or the tribally designated housing entity of an Indian tribe, as applicable (collectively the “eligible grantees”). Treasury must make direct payments to the eligible grantees no later than 30 days after December 27, 2020. Eligible grantees must use not less than 90 percent of the awarded funds to provide financial assistance to eligible households, including payment of rent, rental arrears, utilities and home energy costs, utilities and home energy costs arears, and other expenses related to housing incurred due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible grantees may use the remaining funds to provide housing stability services to eligible households, including case management, other services intended to keep households stably housed, and administrative costs.
  • Federal awarding agency: U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
  • Pass-through entity: County of Union
  • CFDA number: 21.023
  • CFDA name: Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • R&D designation: Non-R&D


Tenant/ Renter Details

Overview

The County of Union has received funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury intended to provide rental assistance to eligible households negatively impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting economic environment. If you are a tenant who has experienced financial hardship due directly or indirectly to COVID-19, and particularly if you have been unable to meet your rent obligations at any point since March 13, 2020, then you may be eligible for this program to cover up to 12 months of rental arrears and/or up to three months of future rent payments. This program is available countywide to all residents who meet federal eligibility criteria, with additional priority for applicants who face additional vulnerability, as detailed below.

Qualifying Criteria

To qualify for the ERAP Program the applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a resident of Union County
  • Demonstrate need for assistance prior to or at the time of application as reflected by the eligibility criteria set forth below.
  • Meet the definition of "eligible household".
  • Complete the online application in full and upload all necessary supporting documentation.
  • Incomplete applications will be closed if documentation is not provided within 14 days of notification of missing documents

An "eligible household" is defined as a renter household in which one or more individuals meets all of the following criteria:

  • Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income;
  • Incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to COVID-19;
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
  • Certifies household income at or below 80% of the HUD area median income (AMI).

Priority will be given to households who meet the following criteria:

  • Has an individual who has been unemployed for 90 days prior to application for assistance; AND/OR
  • Has a household income at or below fifty percent (50%) of the area median income.

Income Determination

The program will utilize the most recently published income limits published by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the area in question. Household income is determined by one of the following methods:

  • Household income for the 2020 calendar year; or
  • Household monthly income at the time of application. Under this methodology, income must be re-determined every three months.

All applications include an attestation by the tenant that affirms the household is eligible for assistance based on eligibility for unemployment benefits, experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship either directly or indirectly caused by the COVID-19 outbreak

Key Dates & Other Information

  • Monday, July 26th 2021: Landlord Registration Begins and Applicant Portal is opened for registration
  • Monday, August 2nd 2021: Applications made available to tenants / application review period begins

Award Details

If one or more individuals within the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak; and one or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; you may be eligible for up to twelve (12) months of assistance with rental arrears and up to three (3) months of assistance with prospective rent assistance for your Union County residence.

Application Requirements

If there is a discrepancy between the answers you provide and the documents you attach, processing may be delayed, or you may not qualify for financial assistance at all. Timing of the approval and payment process may vary based on adequacy of the documentation provided, the number of applications received, and applicant’s prioritization established by the program.

You will need to attach the following documents to your application:

  • Valid New Jersey driver’s license, ID card or passport: scanned copy of the front of your valid New Jersey driver’s license, or alternate identification card or passport
  • Full lease or rental agreement: copy of your current lease or rental agreement (all pages and must show your name or the name of someone in your household)
  • Income verification: Applicants who have received a signed 2020 IRS Tax Return(s) or 2020 W-2 and/or 1099 forms should submit these for the head of the household and all other non-dependent adult contributing members; attach scanned copies or legible photos of these documents. Other documentation explaining income status or waiver may be acceptable upon review.
  • Valid identification documentation for other household members: scanned copies or legible photos of identification documents for all members of the household (examples include: New Jersey driver’s licenses, Municipal IDs, or passports for all other adult household members; for children: birth certificates, school enrollment documentation, or school immunization records). If other adult household members are listed on your current lease agreement or 2020 Tax Return, that will be acceptable proof of identification.

If you are unsure about whether your documentation is acceptable, please call us for assistance at 855-552-1172.

If you are approved for rental and/or utility financial assistance, payment will be made directly to the landlord and/or utility provider on your behalf. If your landlord opts out of the program or does not agree to the registration terms and conditions, payment will be provided directly to you for payment of rent. Please make sure all of this information is correct or your application may be delayed and/or rejected. You will receive an email notification of your approval and the total payment amount made to your landlord and/or utility provider. 

Additional Disclosures

Here are some additional details about the funding source for this program:

  • Federal award identification: Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • FAIN number:  ERA-2101070620
  • Federal award date: January 15, 2021
  • Federal award project description: The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. No. 116-260) established the $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program. The funding provided by the ERA program will assist eligible households that have difficulty making timely payments of rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the ERA program, Treasury will make payments directly to States (including the District of Columbia), U.S. Territories (Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa) local governments with more than 200,000 residents, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), and Indian tribes (defined to include Alaska native corporations) or the tribally designated housing entity of an Indian tribe, as applicable (collectively the “eligible grantees”). Treasury must make direct payments to the eligible grantees no later than 30 days after December 27, 2020. Eligible grantees must use not less than 90 percent of the awarded funds to provide financial assistance to eligible households, including payment of rent, rental arrears, utilities and home energy costs, utilities and home energy costs arears, and other expenses related to housing incurred due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible grantees may use the remaining funds to provide housing stability services to eligible households, including case management, other services intended to keep households stably housed, and administrative costs.
  • Federal awarding agency: U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
  • Pass-through entity: County of Union, NJ
  • CFDA number: 21.023
  • CFDA name: Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • R&D designation: Non-R&D