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  1. New Guidance for Listing Affordable Rental Units
  2. Small Landlord Emergency Grant (SLEG) Program
  3. Small Landlord Emergency Grant (SLEG) Program Round 2
  4. Resources for New Jersey Renters during COVID-19
  5. New Jersey Housing Resource Center (NJHRC)
  6. Assistance Programs Provided By New Jersey
  7. Looking for the Supportive Housing Connection?
  8. State Resources for Renters

  1. New Guidance for Listing Affordable Rental Units

    In recent years, housing costs in New Jersey have increased dramatically at rates that have outpaced rises in income. To address the Statewide shortage in affordable housing, tens of thousands of affordable housing units have been and will be made available to very low-, low-, and moderate-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities in New Jersey, including those implemented under the "Fair Housing Act."  

    Current rules designed to implement the “Fair Housing Act” require that the developer, owner or administrative agent of the affordable units affirmatively market their units through newspaper and radio or television, but digital marketing is not explicitly required. In an effort to stay current with changes in technology and how the public searches for available housing, the owner, developer, property manager or other administrative entity will be required to post rental units onto the NJHMFA’s Housing Resource Center (HRC) pursuant to P.L. 2020, c.51, effective on November 1, 2020.

    Who is affected by this change?

    Those who have an Affirmative Marketing Requirement are required to post affordable units onto the HRC, but all are welcome and encouraged to list any units that are or will become available for rent.

    Which units need to be listed?

    Any affordable units that are listed for the first time, existing units that are expected to become available and/or opened waitlists for current and future units are required to be listed on the HRC. All postings should include a link to an online fillable form or PDF application as well as information on how to obtain a paper application.

    What if applications are accepted by lottery?

    Lottery listings must be posted to the HRC at least 60 days prior to the lottery’s occurrence. All postings should include a link to an online fillable form or PDF application as well as information on how to obtain a paper application.

    How do I post my unit(s) on the HRC?

    You can download a PDF version of instructions or find instructions on the HRC website. For additional support and assistance, you can also call 1-877-428-8844.

    I've posted my units. Now what?

    Upon listing available units, you must submit evidence of the postings to the administrative agent and municipal housing liaison, who is tasked with enforcing compliance with the law. You will need to contact your municipality directly to determine what documentation is needed and how it will need to be submitted. 

    What happens if I fail to post my units?

    Your municipality has the power to fine noncompliant properties $5000 for a first offense, $10,000 for a second offense and $15,000 for each subsequent offense, if corrective action is not taken to rectify the noncompliance upon notification by the municipal housing liaison.

    What happens to the funds generated by these fines?

    All funds generated by these fines are to be deposited into the municipality’s affordable housing trust fund. 

    Still have questions about the new requirements or how to list your units on the HRC? You can email HRC@njhmfa.gov with questions to receive a response within two business days or call 1-877-428-8844. Live webinars are coming soon, which will not only walk you through how to list your units on the HRC, but will also provide answers to any questions you may have regarding the new requirements and the HRC.

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  2. Small Landlord Emergency Grant (SLEG) Program

    Have your tenants had difficulty making rent payments as a result of the COVID-19 emergency? The Small Landlord Emergency Grant (SLEG) Program will reimburse small residential rental property owners for lost rent revenue due to COVID-19 between April and July 2020, as long as they agree to forgive outstanding back rent and late fees that their tenant accrued during this time.

    Learn more


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  3. Small Landlord Emergency Grant (SLEG) Program Round 2

    The Small Landlord Emergency Grant (SLEG) Program is reopening and expanding to reimburse owners of three- to 30-unit rental properties for lost rent revenue due to COVID-19 between April and July 2020, as long as they agree to forgive outstanding back rent and late fees that their tenant accrued during this time. Applications will be accepted from September 28 at 12 p.m. EDT to October 13 at 4 p.m. EDT.

    Learn more


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  4. Resources for New Jersey Renters during COVID-19

    TO ACCESS THE STATE’s COVID-19 INFORMATION HUB, PLEASE VISIT covid19.nj.gov.

    Free Housing Counseling for Renters during COVID-19

    Are you a renter potentially threatened with a loss of housing due to the COVID-19 crisis? NJHMFA's expanded free housing counseling program can provide resources and guide you through this difficult time with help on financial literacy, Fair Housing Rights, eviction diversion, and relocation assistance. View the list of available counselors statewide.

    Protection from Eviction during COVID-19

    Renters in New Jersey are protected from eviction and removal from their homes under Governor Murphy's Executive Order 106 until 60 days after the expiration of Executive Order 103. According to state law, if your lease expires and does not renew automatically, you may continue on a month-to-month basis as long as both you and your landlord agree to the arrangement and your landlord continues to accept rent payments. For more on the Governor’s Eviction Moratorium, please visit the Eviction Moratorium Information & Question Form.

    Also protected from eviction until at least July 24, 2020 under federal legislation are renters who live in housing with a federally-backed mortgage (e.g., backed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or the FHFA) or in housing that has been subsidized or financed by the federal government. View a summary for more on the federal evictions moratorium.

    Paying Rent during COVID-19

    Renters can request that their landlords utilize their security deposit as rent payment as stipulated in Governor Murphy's Executive Order 128.

    Renters living in certain residential buildings financed by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency are eligible for a rent freeze until the expiration of Executive Order 103. To see if your building is covered under the rent freeze, check this list

    COVID-19 and Housing Discrimination

    The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, national origin, religion, and disability, among other protected characteristics, even if the conduct at issue stems from concerns related to COVID-19. To learn more, please review the Division on Civil Rights’ recent guidance on civil rights and COVID-19. If you would like to speak to a housing investigator, please contact the Division on Civil Rights at 1-866-405-3050.


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  5. New Jersey Housing Resource Center (NJHRC)

    The New Jersey Housing Resource Center (NJHRC) website will allow you to search thousands of affordable, subsidized and market rate units throughout New Jersey. You can customize your search based on your specific needs, budget and desired location. The NJHRC is free, anonymous, and updated regularly.

    The NJHRC is an online tool for:

    • Finding and listing affordable housing
    • Helping people with disabilities find housing options
    • Obtaining housing information and links

    Begin your housing search today by using the NJHRC!


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  6. Assistance Programs Provided By New Jersey

    DCA has a variety of programs that can help you with rent/heating costs,
    prevention of eviction, reduction of utility bills, and removal of lead hazards
    from your home.

    DCAia 

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  7. Looking for the Supportive Housing Connection?

    The Supportive Housing Connection (SHC) now resides at the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and can be found online here: https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/shc.html

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  8. State Resources for Renters

    For more information on your rights as a tenant in New Jersey, see the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Landlord-Tenant Information page.

    The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) is charged with preventing and eliminating discrimination in the State of New Jersey by enforcing the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD). The LAD prohibits discrimination, bias-based harassment, and retaliation in employment, housing, and places of public accommodation. 


    The LAD prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, national origin, religion, gender, disability, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and source of lawful income to be used for rental or mortgage payments, including, but not limited to, subsidies or vouchers provided by federal, state, or local rental-assistance programs like Section 8, SRAP (State Rental Assistance Programs), and TRA (temporary rental assistance). The law also prohibits any housing advertisement or listing that expresses, directly or indirectly, any such limitation or discrimination.

    To find out more or to file a complaint, please visit njcivilrights.gov or call 973-648-2700.​

    DCR regularly releases fact sheets with information about protections under the LAD.

    Rental Assistance

     
     Homelessness and Eviction Prevention  Home Energy Assistance
    Other Housing Programs

    Other State Programs


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