Somerset County NJ Expands Rent Assistance Program



Residents of Somerset County who are struggling to pay their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic have a place where they can find help.

The county council of commissioners has expanded the Tenants Emergency Relief Program (ERRP) to help tenants who lost income during the pandemic.

Qualified tenants must live in Somerset County, prove loss of income as a direct result of the pandemic, prove they are in arrears with rent, and have family income within specific limits.

Household size, which includes children, the income limits are: one person, $ 69,000; two people, $ 78,000; three people, $ 88,000; four people, $ 98,000; five people, $ 108,000; six people, $ 118,000.

ERRP funds will flow directly to owners.

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The program is funded by the Federal CARES Act through a Block Community Development Grant.

The program is not available to residents of Franklin as the township has its own CDBG program

“These funds are essential for those in difficulty,” Commissioner Paul Drake said in a statement. “Not only does this help fight COVID-related homelessness, it also helps stabilize the economy by supporting our homeowners.”

A request for the program is available on the website. Tenants can also call 908-541-5756 to request a hard copy.

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