TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County residents can now apply for a statewide program to help them pay current housing costs or bills that are overdue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Individuals who have faced a loss of income, reduced hours at work, being unable to work due to being high-risk or having to quarantine or isolate, and being unable to work due to a child’s remote learning may be eligible.
Under a new $12 million program financed through the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund, rental or mortgage assistance payments will be provided for eligible households that have suffered a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and aren’t eligible for or have not received other housing assistance for the same time period.
Eligible households must earn less than 450 percent of the federal poverty level, or $57,420 for single individuals, $117,900 for a family of four and $158,220 for a family of six.
Applications for the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program are now open and assistance is applicable for unpaid rent or mortgage costs from March through December 2020. Applications for the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program will be processed until funding is exhausted or no later than December. 18, whichever happens sooner.
For more information, visit the State Department of Human Services to check their eligibility under the federal poverty guidelines and submit an application.
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