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​​**updated as of March 24, 2021​**​​​


Middlesex County will open the Middlesex County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (MCERAP) online application portal in late April 2021. Applications must be submitted online by both the tenant and the landlord. Eligibility criteria for MCERAP are provided under the January 28, 2021 update below.

The link to the MCERAP application portal will be available on this page, so please check back after mid-April for updates regarding the date the application portal will open.
 
Additionally, the State of New Jersey has initiated their own emergency rental assistance program for renter households impacted by COVID-19. Tenants and landlords who do not want to wait until late April to apply for help from MCERAP may apply now for aid from the State’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program Phase II (CVERAP Phase II).
 
 
While tenants and landlords may apply to both the State and County programs, assistance will only be provided from one program for any month that has an outstanding balance. Tenants and landlords will not receive assistance from both programs for the same month.
 
 
Please click here for more information about the State’s CVERAP Phase II program, available now. https://www.nj.gov/dca/cverap2.shtml

 

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Who is eligible for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance?


An “eligible household” is defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:

  • Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, mainly documented by having an outstanding rental balance and/or eviction filing (Please note: Landlords may file for eviction during the moratorium, but cases are not heard.)
  • Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median (Please note: Eligible households that include an individual who has been unemployed for the 90 days prior to application for assistance and households with income at or below 50 percent of the area median are to be prioritized for assistance.)

Applications for grants from the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program may be submitted by a member of an eligible household or by a landlord on behalf of that eligible household.

Additionally:

  • Rental assistance provided to an eligible household should not be duplicative of any other federally funded rental assistance provided to such household.
  • Household income is determined as either the household’s total income for calendar year 2020 or the household’s monthly income at the time of application. For household incomes determined using the latter method, income eligibility must be redetermined every three (3) months.

 

How can funds from the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program be used?


Funds from the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program may be used to pay rental and utility arrears and to provide limited temporary ongoing assistance, generally not to exceed a total of 12 months.

Please note that priority will be given to existing housing-related arrears that could result in the eviction of an eligible household. In general, funds will be paid directly to landlords and utility service providers. If a landlord does not wish to participate, funds may be paid directly to the eligible household.


Additional information about the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program


The County will provide additional information regarding the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program, including detailed income eligibility guidelines and the application process and deadlines, as it becomes available. Please check back frequently for updates.​​​​​​

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