City of Newark 2020 Emergency Fund for Rental Housing Assistance Impacted by COVID-19


This application is for families who rent housing in the City of Newark and need assistance with their rent due to the economic impact of COVID-19.

PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS AND HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER (SECTION 8) PARTICIPANTS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS GRANT. AS THESE CLIENTS ARE CURRENTLY RECEIVING A HOUSING ASSISTANCE RENTAL SUBSIDY.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THERE IS NO APPLICATION FEE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GRANT.
DO NOT PAY ANYONE FOR INFORMATION OR ASSISTANCE WITH THIS GRANT.
For free assistance with this grant, see instructions below.

THIS GRANT APPLICATION WILL OPEN ON MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020 AT 2PM

AND WILL CLOSE AT 5PM ON MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2020


Welcome to the Newark COVID-19 Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program grant webpage. In this time of crisis, residents nationwide are suffering enormous impacts related to COVID-19. Mayor Ras. J. Baraka in partnership with Newark Housing Authority are coordinating this effort to provide $1 million in local funding and federal HOME funds for relief while assessing the economic impacts related to COVID-19 on Newark’s most vulnerable residents. To help Newark renters and their families having difficulty paying rent as a result of COVID-19, the City will provide up to $1,000 to 1,000 households who fall under 60 percent of Area Median Income (AMI) to help with housing costs.

This grant aims to help Newark residents who have experienced loss of income due to decreases in regular working hours, or being laid-off or furloughed, etc. This emergency fund will provide up to One Thousand Dollars ($1,000) to qualifying residents. Please read the following information regarding this grant before beginning the application. Both the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and What You’ll Need To Apply sections of this page will provide the information you’ll need to successfully complete and submit an application, so you should not begin an application until these items are available for uploading.

You can be assured that your individual responses will not be published. Responses will be analyzed to project the extent of the economic damage to yourself and your household. Only general findings may be published.

Note - Though this information is requested, none of the following information is used to determine your household’s eligibility for this Emergency Rental Assistance Grant Program including: demographic Information about your households’ racial and ethnic composition; whether the household is female headed or elderly; the ward of Newark you reside in; and whether your household experienced homelessness.

Required documentation should be gathered prior to the start of the application for uploading at the end of the application. Please be prepared to provide landlord contact information and upload required documents at the end of the application before starting.


What You'll Need To Apply

For your convenience, required documentation (whole document) can either be scanned using a scanner or photographed using a mobile phone or device and uploaded to this application. Clear, legible document images must be uploaded at the time of application submission.

Document requirements can be met with the following:

INCOME AND UNEMPLOYMENT INFORMATION MUST BE PROVIDED FOR ALL ADULT (18 AND OVER) INCOME EARNERS IN THE HOUSEHOLD

Income Verification for ALL HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS WHO WERE WORKING

  • Copy of most recent paystub OR If paid in cash by employer, then must provide an official document from employer with the following information:
    Company Name
    Employer TIN #
    Company Address
    Company Tel#

    Employee Name
    Hours Worked
    Hourly Rate
    Total pay

  • AND

  • Letter or email of job loss or reduced hours OR Copy of unemployment letter stating unemployment income.

Residence Verification

  • Copy of executed lease
    OR
    (If no formal lease) an official one-page rental agreement with rental terms between landlord and tenant (signed by both parties).
    AND
    Copy of late rent notice from landlord (if available)

You will also need the following information regarding your landlord for this application:
Landlord Name: [First Name, Last Name; Company Name (if, applicable)]
Landlord Address:
Phone:
Fax:
Email:

Once you have this information and these documents are readily available to be uploaded, then you are ready to begin the application. Thank you.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who is eligible for this grant?

  • Applicant must be a Newark resident who pays rent.
  • Applicants must show proof that they filed for unemployment insurance or had work hours reduced.
  • Applicant household must have fallen under the 60% Area Median Income (AMI) level (see chart below) before filing for unemployment insurance or having hours reduced.

What expense does the grant award cover?
Grant awards cover a portion of the rent owed.

How much can an applicant be awarded?
Grant awards can be up to $1,000.

What period of time does the grant cover?
Grant awards cover rent in arrears (owed) for the period of April and/or May 2020.

What is the funding source for this grant?
This $1 million grant is funded by US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HOME funds.

Who is administering this grant?
This grant program is provided by the Department of Economic and Housing Development of the City of Newark and administered in partnership by the Newark Housing Authority.

Where can applicants apply?
Eligible Newark renters can apply online via the Newark Housing Authority at http://newarkha.org/COVID19RentAssist

How do applicants apply?
Eligible Newark renters apply by completing the online application at http://newarkha.org/COVID19RentAssist and uploading all required documents at the end of the application. No applications can be submitted in-person. Only 1 application per household will be accepted. Income and unemployment information for all income earners in the household must be included.

When can applicants apply?
Eligible Newark renters will be able to apply online during the period of Monday, May 18, 2020 beginning at 2pm through Monday, June 1, 2020 ending at 5pm.

What will applicants need to provide to complete an application?
Eligible Newark renters will need to their eligibility by uploading proof of residence and proof of loss of income, along with providing the contact information of their landlord. A list of acceptable documents can be found at the grant welcome page at http://newarkha.org/COVID19RentAssist

When will applicants be notified?
Applicants will be notified two weeks after submitting a complete grant application (online application accompanied with all required documents).

How will applicants be notified?
Applicants will be notified by email as to whether they were awarded a grant.

What will applicants need to do if awarded a grant?
The renter/awardee will enter into a rental assistance agreement with the City of Newark for a period of up to two months beginning retroactive up to April 1, 2020.

How will payment be made if awarded a grant?
Rent payment will be made via ACH directly to the landlord only, on behalf of the renter/awardee.

Is there any cost associated with this grant application?
There is absolutely no application fee, cost, or monetary contribution of any kind associated with this grant. Please do not pay anyone in connection with this grant opportunity. Free information and assistance is available at The Newark Housing Authority at COVIDrenthelp@Newarkha.org and (973) 346-9432. No authorized, legitimate source of assistance for this grant will ask you for any payment.

Who can prospective applicants contact if there are any other questions or if assistance is needed?
The Newark Housing Authority can be contacted at COVIDrenthelp@Newarkha.org or at (973) 346-9432.



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If you have questions, please email Emergency Rental Assistance Program at COVIDrenthelp@Newarkha.org or call (973) 346-9432 between 9am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.