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Union County New Jersey rental assistance programs.

Residents that are behind on their rent can get help from various agencies and programs. Low income Union County families have several rental assistance programs available to them. While funding is limited, the government agencies, churches, and charities will do their best to help income qualified tenants, especially those that are facing eviction.

As noted, any rent, mortgage, or security deposit assistance is contingent upon availability of funds. Payments will be issued directly to your landlord or apartment manager. Some of the main places to call are below.

The number and types of programs offered from each agency will vary. Some will provide direct financial assistance and others may have referrals. The agencies often rely on donations and government grants in order to fund their rental or security deposit assistance programs, so resources are limited and change throughout the year. There may also be programs focused on veterans, the disabled, or senior citizens in Union County.

Alternative Living Program
Address is 118 Division Street
Elizabeth, New Jersey 07201
Call (908) 352-2966
Provides aid for the disabled and/or mentally ill or those facing addiction.

Catholic Charities Archdiocese Of Newark (CCAN)
Telephone: (908) 497-3966
505 South Avenue East, Cranford, NJ 07016
Rent and low income housing assistance is offered. The currently homeless may get referrals to resources that can help pay a security deposit on a new, low income apartment. Rental programs are available for the disabled and immigrants too.

Central Jersey Legal Services, Inc.
Telephone: (908) 354-4340
60 Prince Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07208
Free legal assistance is for very low income residents and seniors of Union County in civil matters. Lawyers can help prevent evictions and homelessness, address unsafe housing, help with applying for section 8, and deal with rental issues.




Elizabeth Coalition To House The Homeless
(908) 355-2060
Address is 118 Division Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Residents facing eviction or that are near homeless can look into emergency, one time rental assistance. Clients also get help with the development of an action plan, housing search (including transitional units), and information on government grants. Also get food, clothing, furniture, and shared housing in Union County.

Elizabethport Presbyterian Center (EPC)
Telephone: (908) 659-2184
200 Second Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07206
Provides low-income an working poor tenants with short term counseling, referrals to rental assistance, or crisis intervention services.

Family And Children's Services (FCS)
Main Telephone: (908) 352-7474
Location is 40 North Avenue, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07208
Families with children, including single moms, can access emergency shelter, food, employment, permanent housing placement, and information/referrals.

FISH Hospitality Program
P.O. Box 170
Dunellen, NJ 08812
(732) 968-5957

Homefirst, Inc.
Main Telephone: (908) 753-4001
13905 Watching Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060
Runs the Ryan White housing program in the county. It is for the homeless and those facing eviction that have AIDs. Homefirst also provides short term rent assistance in Union County as part of the supportive housing program. Other assistance is for utility bills, mortgage payments, or vouchers for security deposits.

Interfaith Council for the Homeless
120 West 7th Street
Plainfield, New Jersey 07061-0569
(908) 753-4001
Get referrals to shelters, deposit programs, no interest loans, and self-sufficiency.

Plainfield Area YMCA
(908) 756-60605
18 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060
Housing programs include emergency shelters, meals, and referrals to security deposit programs for the homeless that have gained self-sufficiency.





Proceed, Inc.
815 Elizabeth Avenue
Elizabeth, New Jersey 07201
(908) 351-7727
The unemployed may receive help with rent to stop an imminent eviction.

Repheal's Life House
Main address 231 Court Street
Elizabeth, New Jersey 07201
(908) 354-4750

Salvation Army - Elizabeth (SA-E)
Telephone: (908) 352-2886
1018 East Grand Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Shelter, referrals to emergency rent help, low income housing, shelters and case management is offered. The non-profit may have limited funding, or loans, available for helping with rent.

Salvation Army of Plainfield
615 Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, New Jersey 07060
Main number is (908) 355-9622

Union County Division On Aging (UCDoA)
Telephone: (908) 527-4870
10 Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07207
Assist senior citizens in Union County with application process for federal and state of New Jersey programs, including low income housing, rent help, or other benefits.

Urban League Of Union County
Telephone: (908) 351-7200
288 North Broad, Street, 2nd Floor, Elizabeth, NJ 07208
Housing programs include emergency rent help, landlord-tenant mediation, and foreclosure counseling. Those applying for funds to pay rent also need to participate in job placement and related services.

YMCA of Eastern Union County
1131 East Jersey Street
Elizabeth, New Jersey 07201
(908) 355-9622




Union County Housing Resources Housing Authorities
These government entries may have information on HUD section 8 vouchers, rent subsidized housing, and referrals to government grants.

Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth (908) 965-2470, 688 Maple Avenue, Elizabeth, New Jersey, 07202
The City of Linden location, (908) 298-38201, 601 Dill Avenue, Linden, NJ 07036
Housing Authority of the City of Plainfield, (908) 769-6335, 510 E. Front Street, Plainfield, NJ 07060
Housing Authority of the City of Rahway, (732) 388-3546, 165 E. Grand Avenue, Rahway, New Jersey 07065
Housing Authority of the City of Summit, (908) 273-6413, 71 Summit Avenue, Summit, NJ 07091
NJ Dept. of Community Affairs - Section 8 Program, (908) 412-3700, 200 West 2nd Street.


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