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Newark and Essex County rental assistance.

Programs in Newark and Essex County New Jersey can provide emergency rent and housing assistance. There is emergency and long term help for tenants and residents facing eviction. Funds may be available to help those in need pay their rent, security deposits, or other housing expenses.

Newark low income residents have a number of options and agencies available to them to call for advice and financial assistance. The programs range from cash assistance from local non-profits and charities, homeless prevention, up to federal government funded Section 8 housing vouchers and free legal aid to deal with a potential eviction. An extensive listing of the local Essex County NJ agencies, not-for profit organizations, and government rental assistance programs can be located below. Call or stop by to apply for services.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark – This charity also runs the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing (HPRP). It distributes funds that are intended to provide emergency, short-term financial assistance and cash aid to prevent homelessness in the Newark New Jersey community. It can also help to quickly re-house those in new apartments or homes that have recently become homeless.

Those who receive HPRP are expected to remain stable in housing at the time that assistance ends, so they need to have some skills and long term potential. HPRP assistance is not intended for persons/households that have additional service needs or that are in chronic poverty. Location of the charity is 976 Broad St, Newark, NJ, 07102, (973) 733 – 2760.

There are other resources that are focused on stopping evictions in Essex County. Whether it is money from an ESG grant for paying rent to free tenant/landlord mediation, funds from Social Service for the Homeless (SSH) or other assistance, locate eviction help in Essex County.

Isaiah House East Orange – A rent and homeless prevention program is for Essex County and Newark NJ residents who have a low income (not from public assistance) and have children as well. It is intended to assist people who are behind on the rent and facing an eviction, need a security deposit, or are in danger of homelessness. Get help, or a loan, for addressing Rental Arrears, Relocation expenses & Utility Assistance too. (973) 678 - 5882.




Community Agencies Corporation of New Jersey – Runs a number of services, including offering transitional housing, Social Services, Shelters and Permanent Housing Services, Rent Help, and much more. They try to focus as well on the underlying causes of poverty, so they provide job counseling, debt and credit repair, LIHEAP, along with any grants for housing/rental assistance.

Limited funding is on site too for more general emergency financial or material assistance, and referrals to clinics and food banks in Newark. Address is 25 James Street,  Newark, NJ 07102,  Telephone (973) 623-2800.

FOCUS-Hispanic Center for Community Development – Some of the programs include rental and utilities assistance as well as pediatric health care. There are also food pantry/meals; primary health care; senior services; youth services/delinquency prevention; community outreach; case management; and individual mental health counseling for couples and families. Immigrants and Spanish speakers can get assistance with back rent or other housing needs. Address is 441 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102, telephone (973) 624-2528.

New Community Corporation – Another Essex County New Jersey multi-service agency. Offers a number of counseling and long term self-sufficiency, such as advocacy, HIV-AIDs support services, and other support. Limited funding may be available to pay rent if someone has an eviction notice. Income criteria need to be met. Location of office is 233 West Market Street, Newark, New Jersey 07103. Dial (973) 639-7826.

Newark Emergency Services for Families – The non-profit operates as a local government supported multi-service agency that provides, among other things, the following. Temporary shelter and housing; case management; and housing, rental, and utility assistance; advocacy; food pantry/meals; emergency financial/material assistance.





The agency also provides the working poor individuals & families with case management around employment  opportunities, grants for rental assistance, relocation, free food, clothing, and public government aid. Services for those affected by HIV/AIDS and for seniors also available. Information and referral services also are on site. 982 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102, Phone number (973) 643-5727.

Newark Area Services Salvation Army, located at 45 Central Ave, Newark, NJ, 07102, offers the following to qualified people. Case Management; Information and referrals, Rental and energy assistance, and holiday assistance too.

Township of Millburn residents can apply at Down the Block. There is limited amounts of financial assistance for paying bills ranging from rent to utilities, taxes, and mortgages. This is only for qualified families or individuals in Millburn-Short Hills PO Box 7, Short Hills, NJ 07078. Call (973) 943-1424.

Residents can also get help from counseling and case management along with their emergency rental assistance. There are also funds for utilities and heating bills; advocacy; and also services for immigrants and the elderly in the town.

Tri-City Peoples Corporation – Provides support to low income, elderly, and disabled Essex County New Jersey residents. A number of social services and assistance programs are provided, including family counseling and advocacy for homeless at risk. A number of housing programs are run too, including rent help. Programs for kids and seniors can also be applied for. 675-81 South 19th Street, Newark, New Jersey 07103, phone (973) 374-5252 or 372-1290.

Essex County Division of Housing & Community Development administers the federal government funded Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. This is a holistic housing program, and can help pay for everything from moving costs, to deposits, to monthly rent. At the same time access counseling such as debt reduction, credit counseling, and job finding services. Verona, NJ, (973) 655-0200.

Housing Authority of Newark – Runs the section 8 housing program for New Jersey. Focus is on low income, seniors, and disabled. 57 Sussex Ave, Newark, New Jersey, 07103. (973) 273 - 6200

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County - Both emergency funds or loans may be provided for rental expenses, and they help rehouse families into low income apartments or transitional housing. Grants may also be available for a deposit or back rent payment. The Montclair agency can be called at (973) 746 - 1400. Or more on Interfaith Hospitality Network assistance programs.

Urban League of Essex County - Tenants may receive very short term rent help and other support, if they are facing homelessness. 508 Central Ave, Newark, NJ, 07107. Phone - (973) 624 - 9535.

Essex-Newark Legal Services - Attorneys give free advice on housing issues, ranging from landlord and tenant mediation to information on services to stop evictions. The aid is for low income residents, and some senior citizens may receive help regardless of their situation. The toll free number is (888) 576 - 5529.







Additional Newark New Jersey rent assistance programs and agencies

Apostle House - Income-eligible residents can receive rent payment assistance. Visit 16-24 Grant Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102 or dial 973-483-5390.

East Orange Community Development Corporation – Eviction prevention services and emergency rental funds. Dial 973-266-5315 or visit 490 Main Street, East Orange, New Jersey 07018.

Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Corporation – Apply for housing and rent help. Call 973-416-0909. The main office address is 346 16th Avenue, Newark, New Jersey 07111

La Casa de Don Pedro – Low income residents, as well as seniors or the disabled, can apply for rent assistance and get advice on dealing with potential evictions. Dial 973-483-2703 or visit 23 Broadway, Newark, NJ 07102.

Newark Emergency Services – This government agency only covers the greater city of Newark area. Both security deposits and ongoing rent is provided. Dial the office at 800-696-7063 or visit 982 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey.


By Jon McNamara

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