Edison NJ offers rent and mortgage assistance

EDISON — The township has created a program to help eligible tenants and homeowners whose income has been negatively affected by the pandemic.

The Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program was created with $1 million from federal funding from the Edison CARES Community Development Block Grant.

The program will provide rent and mortgage assistance for up to six months for overdue housing costs, to low- and moderate-income households (at 80% or less of the area’s median income) who have suffered a reduction substantial portion of their income or who have become unemployed. because of COVID-19.

The program has a grant cap of $10,000 over a six-month period.

Applications for the program will be received and reviewed by PRAB’s Housing Coalition Unit, which is a non-profit social service agency. PRAB will also provide technical assistance to township residents to complete the grant application.

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“This program not only benefits our tenants and landlords, but equally important, it helps our community, including landlords and financial institutions. It allows people to stay in their homes, owners to pay their taxes and banks to keep our residents working. This will be a big boost for our entire township,” Mayor Thomas Lankey said in a statement.

Help requests will be available from Monday. To get a

application or for more information, contact PRAB at [email protected] or by

by calling 732-249-9700 ext. 150. Applications may also be uploaded to the

Edison Township website.

Residents must be able to document loss or reduction in income, demonstrate that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their annual income, and provide statements indicating that their rent or mortgage payments are overdue . This may include overdue notices, landlord (and/or agent) emails, landlord’s rent book or other applicable documents, as applicable. The full list of documentation requirements will be included in the application package.

All rent and mortgage assistance checks will be paid directly to the landlord or

lender/mortgage company.