The State of New Jersey this week announced a $57 million Sandy Housing
and Rental Assistance Program, which is designed to provide families affected by Superstorm Sandy essential items for health and safety when they
return to their home.
This voucher program provides temporary relief by offering support to
working families who are financially strained due to the costs
associated with recovery from Sandy, according to a prepared statement from Gov. Christie's office.
Funding for this program is being distributed to all of New Jersey’s 21
counties for qualifying Sandy-impacted families and individuals through
a federal Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) to the state Department of
Human Services (DHS).
Funds will be distributed through the county Boards of Social Services
or other agencies in the form of direct payments to billing agencies or
vouchers to select vendors for eligible residents.
Capped at $15,000 in
direct payments or vouchers per household, the program provides up to
six months of housing and related assistance.
Allowable expenses include:
· Retroactive and Current rent/mortgage payments
· Retroactive and Current utility payments
· Beds and Cribs
· Bed Linens and Towels
· Dining furniture
· Washing machines and dryers
· Air Conditioners
· Pots and Pans
· Hot Water heaters
In order to prevent fraud and maintain the integrity of the program,
residents may be asked to bring any of the following items for review:
· FEMA/DCA Registration
· Mortgage statement/lease agreement
· State issued driver’s license
· Utility bills
· Bank Account statement
· Income Tax Return
· Birth certificate/Voter ID/Legal Permanent Resident Card
· Guardianship papers, if applicable
People interested in applying for the program can visit www.NJ211.org or call 211 to find out where to apply.