Hughes Announces Grants to Help Prevent Evictions Due to COVID-19
Online Applications Begin on March 1
TRENTON — Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes today announced that the county has been awarded nearly $11 million to help local renters avoid eviction during the ongoing pandemic. The grant, which was made possible by the federal stimulus package signed in December, “will focus on the most vulnerable residents in our community to assist them in avoiding eviction during the pandemic,” Mr. Hughes said.
Funds will be available to pay past-due rent and utilities, and to help keep people in their homes. “The plan is to process applications as quickly as possible to get funds in the hands of tenants and landlords who are suffering through this crisis,” Mr. Hughes added.
Online applications will begin on March 1. Eligible applicants are Mercer County renter households only, in which an individual:
Mercer County, through the Board of Social Services, will screen and certify applicants and will work with its community partners to ensure that eligible community members, particularly those facing eviction, get access to the resources in order to keep families from becoming homeless.
For more information, contact the Mercer County Board of Social Services at 609-389-3575, or email email@example.com. Social workers from the Board are available Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to assist your household. Mercer County landlords are also encouraged to have their tenants apply for the program if assistance is needed.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)
The Mercer County Department of Human Services has received funds from the U.S. Department of Treasury to provide rental relief to landlords and tenants in our community through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). In partnership with the Mercer County Board of Social Services (MCBOSS), the Mercer County Department of Human Services, through its Office on Homeless Services, will launch this program to provide financial assistance toward unpaid rent or utility bills for renter households in Mercer County that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted from March 1 through March 15, 2021.
To determine eligibility, Mercer County residents are required to document that they would have qualified for unemployment benefits, experienced a reduction in income, and suffered major costs directly or indirectly due to COVID-19 that impacted the household. A household’s income must be at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI) with priority given to households at or below 30% AMI.
Programa de Asistencia de Alquiler de Emergencia para Inquilinos del Condado de Mercer
El Departamento de Servicios Humanos del Condado de Mercer, en conjunto con la Junta de Servicios Sociales del Condado de Mercer, ha lanzado el Programa de Asistencia de Alquiler de Emergencia (ERAP, por sus siglas en inglés) para proporcionar asistencia financiera para el alquiler no pagado o facturas de servicios públicos para los hogares de inquilinos en el Condado de Mercer que se han visto afectados por la pandemia COVID-19.
La Junta de Servicios Sociales del Condado de Mercer aceptará solicitudes del 1 de marzo al 15 de marzo de 2021.
Requisitos de Elegibilidad:
Los residentes del Condado de Mercer deben documentar que habrían calificado para beneficios de desempleo, experimentado una reducción en los ingresos y sufrido costos importantes directa o indirectamente debido a COVID-19 que impactó al hogar.
Los ingresos de los hogares deben ser iguales o inferiores al 80% de los ingresos medios de área (AMI) con prioridad a los hogares en o por debajo
LOS PROPIETARIOS PUEDEN ALENTAR A LOS INQUILINOS A PRESENTAR UNA SOLICITUD.