PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) – If you live in Burlington or Camden County in New Jersey and are struggling to keep your home after being financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, these counties have created programs to help you.
The Burlington County CARES ACT Program is funded by a $ 1.2 million grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
It offers eligible homeowners with documented COVID-19 financial hardship up to six months of assistance with current or upcoming mortgage payments, including property taxes, as well as utilities.
“This was our first opportunity to help home owners,” said
Shirla Simpson, Director of Social Services for Burlington County. She said applicants must have lost income due to COVID-19.
“We had to provide help for every type of housing need. We started with the homeless, we moved on to housing assistance and now we could finally help the landlords.
To qualify, homeowners must reside on the property and meet household income limits, ranging from $ 52,950 for a single resident, $ 75,600 for a family of four, and $ 99,800 for a family of eight or more.
In Camden County, there is assistance for low-income tenants who have been affected by the pandemic and are at risk of losing their homes or being evicted.
The RECOVERS rental assistance program, which has $ 15 million in funding from the US Department of the Treasury, is available. It supports up to 12 months of rent and utility arrears with payments made directly to the landlord.