HOBOKEN, NJ — After being awarded $521,000 in federal CARES Act funding in August to help residents with eviction, Hoboken found out it was awarded more money last week.
The city will get $591,382, part of just under $2 billion in funds administered through HUD. The money was announced by HUD Secretary Ben Carson last week.
To date, HUD has provided nearly $5 billion in CDBG funding nationwide to help communities combat the coronavirus and alleviate economic hardship.
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The last grant was made available to Hoboken residents who found it difficult to pay rent after March 1. Applicants must fall within income limits and not have other resources or savings that can help.
The state and federal government also offer various ways to get government help with rent, energy bills, unemployment, or childcare.
The Waterfront Project, the tenant advocate at Hoboken City Hall, and the Hoboken Shelter have been available to help residents navigating economic hardship and landlord/tenant issues. The city directory can be found here.
Tenants needing assistance can also call Hudson County at 201-395-4799 or visit https://cares.hcnj.us.
In addition, during the State of Emergency, no tenant is permitted to be evicted from their home or apartment for the inability to pay rent.
“The president and Secretary [Ben] Carson continue to prioritize low-income communities disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus,” said Lynne Patton, HUD regional administrator for New York and New Jersey. “Over $75 million in CDBG funding will be made available to New Jersey to help residents who face a higher risk of eviction. To date, over $306 million has been made available to New Jersey to ensure cities across the Garden State are able to combat the coronavirus.”
These funds can be used to provide temporary financial assistance to meet rental obligations for up to 6 months. The funds are focused toward places with households facing higher risk of eviction. Specifically:
Communities with high rates of individuals in industries with high job loss in states with high unemployment;
Communities with high rates of businesses in industries with high job loss in states with high unemployment; and
Concentrations of those most at risk for transmission and risk of eviction, with higher amounts for states with high rates of coronavirus.
For more information on HUD’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic and the actions the Department has taken, please visit HUD.gov/coronavirus.
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This article originally appeared on the Hoboken Patch