FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - A rental assistance program is now available to eligible Somerset county residents. The program will provide up to 15 months of rental assistance and monthly case management.

“The goal of this program is to help working families achieve financial stability,” Freeholder and Human Services Liason Brian D. Levine said in a statement. 

Eligible residents will receive case management from a trained volunteer to help clients set goals for long-term financial stability. A monthly subsidy to pay the difference between household rent and 30 percent of their monthly income, with a maximum of $300 per month will be provided to participants. 

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To be eligible one adult in the household must be employed, working at least 30 hours per week or have a verifiable disability. Caregivers for a household member can also apply. 

Applicants must have a formal lease at a rental rate that is lower than fair market rent for comparable units. They must also meet the following income limits - 1 Person - $51,500, 2 People - $58,800, 3 People - $66,200, 4 People - $73,500, 5 People - $79,400, 6 People - $85,300.

In order to comply with the program, a participant will need to complete a monthly budget, attend monthly meetings, and be willing to accept case management and/or any other services deemed necessary to maintain permanent housing.  

Applicants who meet the criteria will be served on a first come, first-served basis after being screened by the Somerset County Community Development Office.  For more information call the office at (908) 541-5756

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