DUE TO THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS ALREADY SUBMITTED IN THE PORTAL AND THE CURRENT FUNDING AVAILABILITY, THE PORTAL WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR EMERGENCY RENTAL & UTILITY ASSISTANCE.
Gloucester County has received funds from the U.S. Department of Treasury to provide rental relief to landlords and tenants through the Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program (ERAP). The program provides financial assistance toward unpaid rent and/or utility bills for low- and moderate-income renter households in Gloucester County that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible uses of funds are for rental and utility arrears and temporary prospective rental assistance to Gloucester County households that have had a substantial reduction in income, have qualified for unemployment benefits, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due, directly, or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eligible households may receive up to eighteen (18) months of assistance to ensure housing stability for the household (subject to the availability of funds). Arrears will be paid prior to prospective payments.
The statute requires that priority be given to households with income that does not exceed 50 percent of the area median income for the household, or where one or more individuals within the household are unemployed as of the date of the application for assistance and have not been employed for the 90-day period preceding such date.