COVID-19 EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM PHASE II (CVERAP PHASE II)
On March 22, 2021 the portal for COVID-19 related emergency rental assistance for Morris County and the State of NJ opened for applications. As you may know Morris County received over $14.6 million to provide emergency rental assistance to our County residents. Those in need of this program will be able to access the portal (see link below) and apply for this program.
Morris along with some other counties have partnered with the State of NJ’s Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and their vendor to administer this program for those in need of emergency rental assistance. By partnering with the State, Morris County residents will have one portal to access the application thus eliminating the confusion of having two separate programs.
Morris County has also been advised by the State that there are additional emergency rental assistance funds that can be used for this program if Morris County residents’ need exceeds the $14.6 million.
Please note that Morris County’s Office of Temporary Assistance (OTA) will continue to assist as it has in the past with short term (1-3 months) rental assistance for eligible clients.
Here is a specific link to the portal: https://njdca.onlinepha.com/
Below is an announcement from NJ’s Department of Community Affairs:
Opening March 22, 2021, the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program Phase II (CVERAP Phase II) will provide rental arrears and temporary rental assistance to low- and moderate-income households that have had a substantial reduction in income, have qualified for unemployment benefits, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due, directly, or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Emergency Rental Assistance for Arrears: Applicants may be eligible for up to a maximum of twelve months of emergency rental assistance to help pay for rent arrears and future rent to the extent that funds are available. Families that have already received CVERAP funding through Phase I of the program, that need additional rent support, and have not yet received the maximum twelve months of emergency rental assistance can apply for additional funding.
Emergency Rental Assistance for Current and Future Rents: Financial assistance is limited to three months based on application submitted, except that the household may receive additional assistance for additional months subject to the availability of remaining funds and eligibility, not to exceed 12 months (plus an additional three months if necessary to ensure housing stability).
Persons applying must meet all applicable CVERAP Phase II income and eligibility requirements. You must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to apply or be an emancipated minor. Only one (1) application per household will be accepted. Applications will be accepted until enough applications have been received to ensure distribution of all available CVERAP Phase II funds. A computerized selection (lottery) process will be used to select residents who have been impacted by COVID-19 for eligibility determination.
Eligibility Criteria: Selected households must meet the following eligibility criteria to qualify for assistance:
- Qualify for unemployment or have experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic;
- Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability;
- Have a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median income (please see income limits below);
- Have a lack of assets and savings to pay rent arrears or current and future rent;
- Be a New Jersey resident; and
- Obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling.
The program will only pay for rent arrears incurred after March 13, 2020.
Property managers or owners of a residential dwelling may apply for assistance on behalf of a tenant. The landlord must:
- Obtain the signature of the tenant on the application, which may be documented electronically; and
- Must provide documentation of the application to the tenant to notify the tenant that the application has been submitted.