The Camden County RECOVERS Rental Assistance Program, which draws $15 million from funding provided by the U.S. Department of Treasury, is aimed at supporting low income renters at risk of losing their homes or facing an eviction threat due to lost employment or income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Camden County Rental Assistance Program now makes available up to 12 months of back rent (capped at the Fair Market Rent) and utilities. While tenants will apply to take part in the program, payments will be made directly to landlords and utility companies.
Please review guidelines below.
In order to qualify for Rental Assistance Program, tenants must meet the following eligibility and rules:
- Tenants cannot earn more than 80% of Average Area Median Income (AMI);
- Tenant qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19
- Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability i.e. passed due notices, eviction notices etc.
- Applicants will be required to provide proof of loss/reduction in employment or income;
- No duplication of funds will be permitted – apartments/landlords which are funded under the State’s tenant assistance program or Section 8 or months paid for by the previous program are not eligible;
- Landlords must agree to waive late fees and penalties accrued from March 2020 to present; and
- Priority will be given to households making less than 50% AMI, or currently on unemployment.
Applications for the program will be awarded on a first come, first served basis, and will be accepted until all available funds have been awarded.
Updated Income limits for 2020:
- 1-person, $54,150
- 2-person, $61,850
- 3-person, $69,600
- 4-person, $77,300
- 5-person, $83,500
- 6-person, $89,700
Updated Income limits for 2021:
- 1-person, $52,950
- 2-person, $60,500
- 3-person, $68,050
- 4-person, $75,600
- 5-person, $81,650
- 6-person, $87,700
Fair Market Rents: 2020
Efficiency : $864
- 1 BDRM :$1,013
- 2 BDRM: $1,226
- 3 BDRM: $1,528
- 4 BDRM: $1,754
Fair Market Rents: 2021
Efficiency : $900
- 1 BDRM :$1,040
- 2 BDRM: $1,260
- 3 BDRM: $1,567
- 4 BDRM: $1,796
How to Apply:
If you have issues with completing the application or general questions concerning the Camden County RECOVERS Rental Assistance Grant please contact 856-389-6704, Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.
Assistance with completing your Rental Assistance Grant application is available at all Camden County Libraries during normal business hours.
Deadline for Applications is October 30, 2021
In order to be eligible for the Camden County Recovers program you must be able to document loss of income due to COVID-19, a threat of eviction, and make less than 80% of Area Medium Income for Camden County. The following are examples of documents that may be used to prove eligibility.
Proof of loss of income due to Covid0-19:
- Notice from employer of termination or reduction in hours due to Covid-19
- Unemployment paperwork
Proof of being in danger of eviction:
- Notice of eviction from landlord
- Notice of past due rent
- A copy of your current executed lease
Proof you are below 80% AMI for Camden County:
- Copies of your 2020 tax returns for all occupants
- Pay stubs
- Social Security documentation
- Child support payments
- Alimony payments
- Other sources of income.
- Photo ID (driver’s license, passport, permanent resident card or other government issued ID).
- Past due utilities not included in rent
Priority will be given to applicants whose income is less 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for Camden County and to applicants who have been on unemployment for at least 90 days prior to the application being submitted. The processing of applications will take place on a two-week, recurring schedule. Applications for those under 50% AMI and those that have been unemployed for at least 90 days will be flagged for immediate processing. All other applications will be held until the end of the two week period and then processed in the order in which they were received. This process will then start over and will continue until all rental assistance funds have been disbursed.