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New Jersey eviction prevention programs and assistance for the homeless.

New Jersey families facing an eviction can get help from non-profits and government agencies. The Department of Community Affairs partners with various organizations across the state to offer various Homeless Prevention services. In addition, individuals that are currently homeless are another focus and they to can receive assistance from the Rapid Re-Housing Program. There are several resources listed below by city and county that are offered to qualified applicants, including one time emergency rent assistance, free government grants or legal aid. For those seeking a new home or apartment, they can get help with paying for moving costs or a security deposit

Both of the programs rely heavily on grants from the federal government Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) as well as private donations. The homeless prevention services are an option for both tenants and homeowners as well, provided they meet a number of conditions. Applicants need to have an eviction or pay or quit notice. Or they need to be facing a foreclosure on their home. Income conditions have also been established by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.

When it comes to preventing an eviction or foreclosure, the state will try to help as many individuals and families as possible. However, in reality, the demand for assistance is high and many people either will not qualify or funds may run out. Priority will tend to be for those residents that would be most at risk without safe and affordable housing. Therefore, households with young children, the elderly or disabled will often take priority for any government grants.

The New Jersey non-profit agencies that process applications and disburse funds will provide payments directly to the landlord or mortgage companies. Depending on many factors, the payment made from the state for rent or a partial mortgage payment may be in the form of a loan. This means the participant will need to repay the money over time. Some other clients may receive assistance for their housing needs in the form of a grant. In either case, the applicant needs to be in imminent danger of homelessness.

Another option is the Housing and Urban Development support HPRP - Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. While this can also help with emergency housing costs, another main focus is on placing individuals or families into shelter or a transitional housing unit.




For those that are in a short term transitional housing center or apartment, case mangers from a non-profit that are part of HPRP will offer them case management. This will include financial workshops, help with finding a job, educational resources, and other self-sufficiency. The goal is stabilization.

After that occurs, the case manager will work with the individual to help them find a low income, permanent home or apartment in New Jersey. As part of this, there may be grants from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs that can be used to pay the first month’s rent or a security deposit.

The application procedure is extensive. Eviction help as well as rehousing in New Jersey is focused on tenants with a short term situation that can pay their housing costs on their own in the future. Case managers will need to be able to ensure that the family will be self-sufficient in the future. When qualified, an agency will review the process with the applicant, and find how to apply for rental assistance to stop the eviction.

As part of this entire process, the non-profits that oversee these various housing programs will explore all options. They will offer resources to prevent homelessness. They work with the state to help those that qualify apply for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program or maybe the SRAP - State Rental Assistance Program.

Other services that may be available include free legal aid, ongoing case management, referral, employment assistance and more. Whenever possible, there will be loans issued or other forms of financial support for rent and housing expenses. Or if the eviction can be stopped by mediation, then lawyers can offer guidance. Locate free legal assistance programs in New Jersey.







Homeowners can also benefit. There are several mortgage assistance and free foreclosure prevention programs in New Jersey as well. The energy bill programs, which can be for both owners and tenants, include Universal Service Fund, the New Jersey Home Energy Assistance (HEA & LIHEAP), as well as weatherization.

Local non-profits for Homelessness Prevention or Rapid Re-Housing in New Jersey

Find a county below for local eviction as well as homeless prevention assistance programs. In addition, there are more agencies listed below work with the Department of Community Affairs on these programs. As noted, there may be waiting lists and financial aid is very limited.

Atlantic County

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden
Address is 9 North Georgia Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Call (856) 691-1841


Bergen County Community Action Partnership, Inc. - BCCAP
Location is 241 Moore Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Dial (201) 968-0200
For more information on the programs administered, call the non-profit community action agency. A number of homeless prevention, mortgage, and legal programs are offered.

Burlington County

Community Action Program
One Van Sciver Parkway
Willingboro, NJ 08046
Telephone number is (609) 239-4008

Camden County

Center for Family Services, Inc.
584 Benson Street
Camden, NJ 08103
Call (800) 331-7272 for information on housing programs and homeless prevention. Priority is for single parents and tenants with children. But eviction help may include emergency money for rent or placement into hotels/shelter.






Cape May County

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden
Main office is 1304 Route 47 South Rio
Grande, NJ 08242
(856) 691-1841


Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden
810 Montrose Avenue
Vineland, NJ 08360
(856) 691-1841

Essex County

Catholic Charities of Newark
37 Evergreen Place East
Orange, NJ 07018
Phone (973) 266-7991. Various emergency services are offered, including transitional housing or information on rent and security deposit programs.


Location is 101 South Broad Street
Trenton, NJ 08625
Call (609) 292-2269 for intake.

Hudson County

Bayone Economic Opportunity Foundation
555 Kennedy Boulevard
Bayonne, NJ 07002
(201) 437- 7222 x 17
There are other resources available as well for stopping evictions.


Interfaith Hospitality Network of Hunterdon County, Inc. IHN of Hunterdon
Address is 10 East Main Street
Flemington, NJ 08822
(908) 782-2490


Homefront, Inc.
1180 Princeton Avenue
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
(609) 989-9417
There is also a homeless hotline in the community.


Puerto Rican Association for Human Development (PRAHD)
89 Truman Drive
Edison, NJ 08817
(732) 638-2870
If this agency can’t assist, they may offer referrals to both non-profits as well as government resources.





Monmouth County

Interfaith Neighbors, Inc.
810 Fourth Avenue Asbury
Park, NJ 07712
For information, dial (732) 775-0525
Staff from the non-profit will work with tenants on stopping evictions. This can be accomplished through legal aid or landlord mediation. The agency may also have emergency funds for back rent, applications to government benefits, or they can refer families to loan programs or other sources of financial aid.

Morris County

The main office is at 350 Marshall Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
(908) 454-7000


Ocean Community Economic Action Now, Inc. (O.C.E.A.N., Inc.)
Address: 40 Washington Street Toms
River, NJ 08754
(732) 244-2351
A combination of grants and legal aid is also available to low income tenants in New Jersey.


Catholic Family and Community Services
Address is 24 DeGrasse Street
Paterson, NJ 07505
Call (973) 279-7100
Depending on availability of HUD grants, emergency housing, rent, and case management services may be offered. A focus is on preventing evictions in the county.

Salem County

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden
114 State Street Penns
Grove, NJ 08069
(856) 691-1841


350 Marshall Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
(908) 454-7000


Address is 350 Marshall Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Telephone - (908) 454-7000






Puerto Rican Organization for Community Education and Economic Development - PROCEED, INC.
Address - 1126 Dickinson Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
(908) 351-7727
While a focus is on offering housing assistance for immigrants, there is help for low income and homeless regardless of their race. This can include everything from grants to pay a portion of a security deposit to case management and advice.

Warren County

350 Marshall Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Telephone - (908) 454-7000

By Jon McNamara

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