CAMDEN, NJ — Raising the income limits and adding money to the program, Camden County hopes more residents will reach out for help with paying back rent as part of a new initiative. Initially announced in September, officials said they have so far just distributed over $850,000 as part of The Camden County Rental Assistance Program.
“We know there are more people in need of this money, and we need to get the word out to them that it’s available and can be easily accessed,” Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli said Thursday.
Freeholder Jeff Nash, during a COVID press briefing in Blackwood this afternoon, said the income eligibility, "has been raised from 50% of the area medium income to 80%, so that more people, who are renting or need assistance, are now eligible to receive support for up to $4,000."
“If you had previously started an application and need to update your information based on these new parameters, as I mentioned, please call 856-389-6704," he continued.
Residents can apply for the program by visiting www.CamdenRentGrant.com.
Eligibility rules and the new income limits, which have gone up between roughly $20,000 to $33,000 based on the number of individuals in the household, are listed below. The program will provide funds for as many as six months of back rent from April to September. It will be on a first-come first-serve basis and although tenants apply, the money will be paid out to landlords.
“These funds need to get in the hands of residents who are hurting and we believe that expanding the income eligibility will be the most effective way to achieve that objective,” said Cappelli. “Currently, there is a state and federal moratorium on evictions, but when they expire landlords will still be demanding past payments. We do not want to see a housing crisis come to fruition on the day these emergency policies expire.”
Anyone with questions on the program can call (833) 487-0462.
Rules to qualify:
- Tenants cannot earn more than 80% of the 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.
- 1-person, $54,150
- 2-person, $61,850
- 3-person, $69,600
- 4-person, $77,300
- 5-person, $83,500
- 6-person, $89,700