Emergency Housing Vouchers

 

BACKGROUND

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) was signed into law, which provides over $1.9 trillion in relief to address the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, public health, State and local governments, individuals and businesses. Section 3202 of the ARP appropriated $5 billion for the creation, administration and renewal of Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs).

Nationwide, HUD is providing 70,000 EHVs to local Public Housing Authorities. The Newark Housing Authority has received an allocation of 101 EHVs and will administer the vouchers in collaboration with the Essex County Continuum of Care (CoC) and the Essex County Family Justice Center (ECFJC). The NHA is not accepting direct application for this program.

 

EHV PROGRAM REFERRALS

All referrals to the NHA’s EHV program must be made through the Essex County CoC’s Coordinated Entry Program, which provides centralized, focused access to homeless services for individuals and families throughout Essex County or through a direct referral from the ECFJC.

 

ELIGIBILITY

In order to be eligible for an EHV, an individual or family must meet one of four eligibility categories:

  • Homeless,
  • At risk of homelessness,
  • Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking; or
  • Recently homeless and for whom providing rental assistance will prevent the family’s homelessness or having high risk of housing instability.

Click here for detailed definitions of each category.

Persons eligible to apply for EHVs under one of the four criteria listed above are subject to further eligibility requirements listed in the NHA’s Administrative Plan and HUD PIH Notice 2021-15.

 

Additional Eligibility Requirements

In addition to meeting one of the priority categories above, the household must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Favorable criminal history screening results.
  • Social Security Number and/or Citizenship Documentation.
  • All household members must sign and submit consent forms to allow the NHA to obtain further information.
  • Income Eligibility

 

INCOME LIMITS

To qualify for an EHV the total household income must be less than or equal to the guidelines below:

HOUSEHOLD SIZE

1 PERSON

2 PERSONS

3 PERSONS

4 PERSONS

5 PERSONS

6 PERSONS

7 PERSONS

8 PERSONS

MAXIMUM INCOME

$37,600

$43,000

$48,350

$53,700

$58,000

$62,300

$66,600

$70,900

 

 

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CONTACT INFORMATION

If you feel that you meet one of the four priority populations and eligibility requirements listed above, you may contact the Essex County CoC at 973-395-8350, or contact the NHA by email at crpt@newarkha.org to be referred to the Essex County CoC.

If you feel that you qualify for and EHV under the category of Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking, please contact the Essex County Family Justice Center at (973) 230-7229.