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Trenton and Mercer County rental assistance.

Support services are combined with financial help for paying rent in the greater Trenton area. The programs are run by charities, churches or the government, and the funds are intended to put an end to a crisis situation, which normally means that a family is threatened with an eviction. The case managers at the organizations can help Mercer County residents apply for a grant for paying rent, a security deposit or help the family locate low income housing.

Any type of money provided is available along with intensive individual support, including free legal aid for housing court if needed. The staff at these organizations will help families find, lease and pay the monthly rent in order to maintain permanent housing. If needed, there may be funds for paying the up front moving costs, such as a security deposit or first months rent.

Another resource is getting people off the streets. The agencies will place an applicant into a shelter, or maybe pass out a free voucher for a motel room if all of the emergency accommodations are filled. Then, once stabilized, there can be referrals to the rent programs.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton
Address: 132 N Warren St
Trenton, New Jersey, 08608
Phone - (609) 394 - 8847
The program they run is known as Mercer Emergency and Community Services (MECS). It is a homeless prevention service that provides everything from food and shelter to emergency funds for a mortgage or rent payment. Other MECS resources include job programs, furniture, placement into low income apartments, and applications to no interest loans for expenses such as rent. They also help immigrants and non-English speakers.

Crisis Ministry of Mercer County
123 E Hanover St
Trenton, New Jersey, 08608
Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing ranges from utilities assistance programs to grants for back rent. Other support includes mortgage and security deposit help in Mercer County. Another office is at 61 Nassau St, Princeton NJ. Call (609) 921 – 2135.




Haitian Center - Diocese of Trenton
530 S Olden Ave
Trenton, NJ, 08629
Dial (609) 588 - 8808
Aid is only for the Haitian community. There is help in applying for benefits such as section 8 housing, translations, and advice in filling out forms for financial aid for back rent.

Main address - 1880 Princeton Ave
Lawrenceville, NJ, 08648
(609) 989 - 9417 Ext: 141
The emergency assistance program focuses on housing needs. Components include shelter, assistance to locate and pay the rent on permanent housing and more.

HPRP Homeless Prevention is available. Money may help with rental or utility arrears and vouchers may cover motel expenses or shelter needs. Clients of the rent program include single moms, the disabled or mentally ill, low income tenants, and others. More Mercer County homeless prevention assistance.

Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Mercer County
707 Alexander Rd, Suite 102
(877) 408 – 5327
Only supports residents of the Jewish faith.





John O. Wilson Hamilton Neighborhood Service Center
Location: 169 Wilfred Ave
Hamilton, New Jersey, 08610
(609) 393 - 6480

Department of Health and Human Services
Main address is 222 S Warren St.
Trenton, NJ 08608
Phone number is (609) 292-3717
They help families or individuals who are currently on welfare/cash aid or live near poverty. There may be Emergency Assistance (EA) for paying rent to stop evictions, free furniture for an apartment, deposit or utility bill help among other social services. Any rent help is to stop homelessness, and it may be combined with section 8 vouchers as well.

Mercer County Board of Social Services
200 Woolverton St
Trenton, NJ, 08650
(609) 989 – 4320
Temporary rent assistance is available from cash grants. There is also assistance for moving expenses, rehousing services for TANF recipients, and transportation. All money for paying rent is focused on the disabled, very low income families, or senior citizens.

Mercer as well as city of Trenton County Housing Authority – The agency provides public housing as well as processes applications for subsidized housing from Section 8 HUD vouchers. Referrals are also made to other loan programs or rental assistance if needed. They also run public housing for the low income seniors, and disabled. Call (609) 292 – 4080. Or the city has an office of the Trenton Housing Authority at 899 Southard St., Trenton, NJ 08638. Call (609) 278-5000.

Housing Initiatives of Princeton
33 Mercer St.
Princeton, NJ  08540
(609) 497-4535
Case managers work with clients on transitional and well as permanent housing placement. It is for individuals or families facing homelessness.

Salvation Army
Address: 436 Mulberry St
Trenton, NJ
Main phone - (609) 599-9803
Social services include a homeless shelter, transitional housing, and emergency funds for bills. This may be for rent, mortgages, or utilities on a home.

Mercer Department of Community Affairs - Rental Assistance Program for the Disabled
PO Box 051, Trenton, NJ
(609) 292 – 4080
Grants are available for rental needs.

Mercer and Central Jersey Legal Services
198 W State St
Trenton, NJ 08608
For advice only, dial (609) 695-6249
Lawyers and paralegals give free legal aid. They can also represent people in housing court. Eviction defense, disputes over security deposits, advice on getting government rent help, mediation and other free legal aid is given to tenants in Mercer County. Or find free lawyers in New Jersey.

Rise - A Community Service Partnership
Address - 116 N Main St
Hightstown, NJ, 08520
Phone - (609) 443 – 4464
They offer aid in partnership with Salvation Army and FEMA. They arrange short-term shelter, arbitration, utility payment or rental assistance, and landlord – tenant mediation.





Saint Vincent DePaul Society - Queenship of Mary Conference
16 Dey Rd
Plainsboro, New Jersey, 08536
For information, call (609) 799 – 1428
Assistance is only for Cranbury, Plainsboro, and West Windsor, based on funding.

Trenton Division of Community Relations
16 E Hanover St
Trenton, New Jersey, 08608
(609) 989 – 3303
Eviction and homeless prevention is available. Resources include Alternative Homeless Housing Assistance Program as well as partial payment for a month's worth or rent or damage deposits. They also offer vouchers for motels, shelter, and housing referrals.


By Jon McNamara

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