The Camden County RECOVERS Rental Assistance Program, which draws $31 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 18 months of back 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.
Starting in December:
- Camden County can pay up to 3 months prospective rent as long as it doesn’t exceed the 18 total months.
- Ability to pay tenants directly, under certain circumstances.
- Landlords can now initiate applications.
- Online applications are mobile friendly and offers translation into over a dozen languages.
- A website portal where you can check the status of your application and payments.
If you have applied in the past and need additional assistance, or you were denied, Camden County encourages you to apply again today! If you applied to the NJ State Rental Assistance Lottery and were denied or awaiting a decision, this is the perfect opportunity to apply for the Camden County RECOVERS Rental Assistance Grant.
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.
- 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
How to Apply:
Assistance with completing your Rental Assistance Grant application is available at all Camden County Libraries during normal business hours.
Also, these community based organizations that can file applications on your behalf:
- Office of Economic Opportunities, 555 Blackwood-Clementon Road, Lindenwold NJ 08021 856-661-7474
- Hispanic Family Centers, 35-47 S. 29th Street, Camden NJ 08105, 856-541-6985
- Senior citizens United for Community Service, 537 Nicholson Road, Audubon NJ 08106, 856-456-1121
Have questions or need assistance, call 833-327-2119: Monday – Friday | 8am – 6pm
In order to be eligible for the Camden County Recovers program you must be able to document financial hardship due to COVID-19, a threat of eviction, and make less than 80% of Area Medium Income for Camden County.
Priority will be given to applicants in greatest need, specifically, those 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 following prioritization system will be used:
- Priority 1: Applicants with a household income below 50% AMI (Area Median Income), Unemployment 90 days or more, have an eviction notice
- Priority 2: Applicants with a household income below 80%, have an eviction notice
- Priority 3: Applicants with a household income below 50% AMI, Unemployment 90 days or more
- Priority 4: Applicants with a household income below 50% AMI
- Priority 5: Applicants with a household income between 50.1% and 80% AMI