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The federal government is providing almost $15 million in housing aid to the central New Jersey area. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has made available almost $4 million in stimulus funding, also known as the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding. The money from this program is now available in Central Jersey, including Brunswick, Somerset, and Hunterdon counties to help families avoid homelessness, and also aid families with finding a home if they are currently homeless.

In addition to this federal aid, over $10 million is provided by the state of New Jersey for a statewide program. The funding to the state comes from a program called the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, which was created to enable local communities to provide both short- and medium-term rental assistance and services to prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless or to re-house and stabilize those families who are homeless.

Money from the New Jersey program will provide for a variety of housing assistance, including short-term or medium-term rental assistance. In addition, the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program will offer stabilization and housing relocation services, including such activities as credit card counseling, mediation, help paying security and/or utility deposits, moving cost assistance, electric and heating bill payments, and case management services. Contact your local Salvation Army or United Way for more information.





There are many other rent, housing, food, and energy assistance programs that are administered by the Public Benefits Corner. Some of these different options and programs include:

Temporary Relief for Utility Expenses (TRUE) program - One time financial assistance to help low income individuals pay their heating and utility bills. The Affordable Housing Alliance runs the program. 732-982-8710.

Winter Termination Program (WTP). This will prevent your utility services from being disconnected from November to March of each year. It was created by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. 800-624-0241

Rent assistance and foreclosure counseling - These, and other housing programs, are offered in the Central New Jersey area by Pathstone. Call (800) 888-6770. They are a great place for information and various forms of financial assistance. They are a HUD certified NJ housing agency.

Prescription medications - The N.J. Prescription Drug Retail Price Registry can direct individuals to programs for free or low cost medications. Call 1-800-242-5846.


By Jon McNamara

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