CAMDEN, NJ — A $4 million rent program, able to help tenants with as many as six months of back payments, still sits largely untapped, Camden County officials said Wednesday.
Although it was announced - for anyone negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic - at the end of September and went live Oct. 1, 75% of the money is still accessible to residents.
“We want to get this money into the hands of as many renters as possible to supplement any lost payments from COVID,” said Freeholder Director Lou 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.”
Applicants are eligible for as much as $4,000 in back rent (from April through September). Officials clarified that while tenants submit for the money, landlords are the recipients.
“So far we’ve been able to help 147 residents and families with assistance allocating more than $450,000,” Cappelli said. “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.”
The program, which comes on a first-come-first-serve basis, can be accessed here: www.CamdenRentGrant.com. To ask any questions, call (833) 487-0462.
Below are the qualifications and income limits:
- 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
- Leases must have begun prior to 3/1/2020.
- 1-person, $33,850
- 2-person, $38,650
- 3-person, $43,500
- 4-person, $48,300
- 5-person, $52,200
- 6-person, $56,050