JERSEY CITY, NJ – Residents of Jersey City who are struggling to pay rent due to the pandemic have the option to apply for up to $ 10,000 in financial assistance.
The next phase of the COVID rent relief program begins Monday.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop joined PIX on Politics host Dan Mannarino on Sunday to discuss the initiative and give residents advice on how to register.
“Generally speaking, pretty much all renters have the option of asking who earns 50% or less of the MAI (median income for the area). So you’re talking about the most vulnerable communities, someone who earns $ 40,000, $ 50,000 or less, ”he said. “And the goal is to give up to $ 10,000 in grants and eliminate some of that rent backlog, and we’re probably going to go through about $ 7 million in that phase.”
The application period runs until October 18. Fulop said he expects more nominations than he has funding. The city will use a lottery system operated by an external provider to decide who will receive assistance.
The checks could be issued as soon as a few weeks after the close of the candidacy period, according to the mayor.
“Our goal is to donate as much money as possible and let people stay at home,” Fulop said.
To request rental assistance, visit jerseycitynj.gov.
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