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$500 million in assistance to renters in NJ


Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation today providing $500 million in assistance to many renters who are behind in their payments due to the coronavirus, in addition to $250 million to help pay off their past-due utility bills.

  • The funding, drawn from federal stimulus allocations to the state, is available to those whose incomes are not more than 120% of the median for the area.
  • Payments can be made for rents that came due and remain unpaid from March of last year through the end of August.
  • Households whose incomes fall 20% below the median income that sign up with the state COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program are also protected from eviction through the end of the year.
  • Murphy also signed legislation that protects eligible tenants from disclosure of court action taken against them; landlords are also barred from making negative credit reports on eligible tenants.
  • The new appropriation brings the total allocated for NJ tenants and their landlords to more than $1.2 billion.
  • See NJ Spotlight News for a video report on this story.

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