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The program will provide a one-time payment of up to $3,000 per qualifying household to help pay past-due and/or upcoming rent. Utility assistance may be provided with an application for rent assistance only. No assistance will be provided after December 30, 2020.
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No, households that currently receive HUD or VA rental subsidies are not eligible to receive rental assistance through this program.
Online applications will be accepted from October 30, 2020, through November 13, 2020 11:59 pm EST.
Please contact the Division of Community Relations & Social Services for assistance with applying for the program.
218 North Broad Street
Trenton, NJ 08618
Visit http://help.zoomgrants.com/index.php/zgu/completing-the-application/ for detailed instructions.
Yes, an email address is required to apply for this program. If you do not have a valid email address, you will need to create one to complete the application. The following are popular, free email providers:
You can access Zoom Grants via any internet-enabled device, including computers, tablets, and phones. A printer may also be handy if you’d like to print saved PDF copies of your application and any post-decision reports or invoices that you are required to submit (if applicable).
Depending on the specific requirements set up in each opportunity, you may also need access to a scanner.
ZoomGrants will save your progress automatically via an auto-save feature that triggers as soon as you click outside of a field. For example, if you’re finished with a text response and you mouse into the next text box, you’ll see a brief flash of a saving screen.
You sure can! If you share your login credentials with other folks, they can also log into your account and work on your application directly and can even use your account to submit the application on your behalf.
ZoomGrants will not allow you to submit an application if required information is missing. For technical issues completing or submitting your application, please contact ZoomGrants.
You can make changes to your application until the application deadline November 18, 2020 11:59 PM EST.
Examples of COVID-19-related hardships include:
The following documents will be required, including but not limited to:
All applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will have the opportunity to be selected to receive assistance. 150 applicants will be randomly selected for assistance. Selected applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection via the application portal.
No. Once all the funds are exhausted the City will retire the applicant list.
No. Utility assistance will only be provided in conjunction with rent assistance, subject to the availability of funds.
Only one application per property address will be accepted. If awarded you are ineligible to apply for future funding under the same funding source. This is a one-time benefit to assist low-income renters in the City of Trenton who experience financial hardship due to COVID-19.
Payments will be made starting in late-November, through December 30, 2020.
The decision whether an application is approved or denied will be sent in late November through December. You may also check the status of your application throughout the process by logging into the COVID-19 Emergency Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program Application portal via ZoomGrants.
A denial could result from the following (this is not a complete list):
No, the funds will be paid directly to your landlord or property management company to be credited to your account.
Yes. City of Trenton Housing Inspectors will inspect each unit for HUD’s Housing Quality Standards. The City reserves the right to conduct virtual inspections. The City reserves the right to not inspect the unit. The City reserves the right to waive the inspection on properties that have received a Certificate of Occupancy within 180 days of the application.
Please complete the Unit Condition Checklist and submit with your application.
All properties with children under the age of 6 years old will be inspected for defective paint consistent with the requirements of 24 CFR Part 35, subpart M.
Yes, communication between renters and landlords is important to help make the payment quickly if the renter is approved to receive rental assistance. You will also need to provide your landlord’s phone number, mailing address and email address in your application.
When you complete your application online you will need to provide contact information for your landlord. Your landlord’s email address is preferred. A secondary option is your landlord’s telephone number. Please be proactive and contact your landlord, tell them about the program, ask for their email address, and let them know that is how they will be contacted if your application is approved.
You will have the option of listing your landlord’s email and/or telephone number. We encourage you to be proactive and contact your landlord, tell them about the program, ask for their email address, and let them know they will be contacted if your application is approved. The landlord’s email address will help expedite their verification and payment information if your application is selected.
Your landlord cannot be forced to participate in the program or to accept funds. The City of Trenton cannot provide this payment to the landlord unless they submit the necessary forms. If a landlord declines to accept the funds, the tenant’s application will be denied.
However, HED has partnerships with organizations that can assist tenants and landlords if any landlord/tenant issues or disputes arise to keep renters housed. Services will include education regarding applicable landlord/tenant law and conciliation and mediation services.
Central Jersey Legal Services198 West State StreetTrenton, NJ 08608Phone: (609) 695-6249Fax: (609) 392-7952https://www.lsnj.org/cjls/index.htm
Community Health Law Project225 East State Street, Suite 5Trenton, NJ 08608Phone: (609) 392-5553Fax/TTY: (609) 392-5369E-mail: Trenton@chlp.orgWebsite: http://www.chlp.org/
On March 19, 2020 New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy issued Executive Order 106, which immediately suspends evictions throughout the state. This is called an “eviction moratorium,” and means that no tenant may be removed from his or her home as a result of an eviction proceeding, with rare exceptions for cases such as when a tenant is violent or endangering other tenants.
The eviction moratorium does not halt court proceedings; instead, it prevents lockouts and removals. The New Jersey Supreme Court controls court proceedings related to eviction and has suspended all eviction proceedings for now. This means that your landlord cannot take you to court at this time, but they will be able to once the courts reopen.
The eviction moratorium will last until two months after Governor Murphy declares an end to the COVID-19 health crisis, unless the Governor issues another Executive Order to end it sooner. Local officials will then resume removing tenants who are subject to final court orders of eviction.
If your landlord is trying to force you from your home, please:
NJ Eviction Mortarium Information
HED has partnerships with organizations that can assist tenants and landlords if any landlord/tenant issues or disputes arise in an effort to keep renters housed. Services will include education regarding applicable landlord/tenant law and conciliation and mediation services.
Central Jersey Legal Services198 West State StreetTrenton, NJ 08608Phone: (609) 695-6249Fax: (609) 392-7952Website: https://www.lsnj.org/cjls/index.htm
HomeFront1880 Princeton AvenueLawrenceville, NJ 08648(609) 989-9417https://www.homefrontnj.org/
Arm In Arm123 East Hanover StreetTrenton, NJ 08608(609) 396-9355https://arminarm.org/
Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton132 North Warren StreetTrenton, NJ 08608(609) 394-8847https://www.catholiccharitiestrenton.org/
Village Resources200 Mott StreetTrenton, NJ 08753https://www.villageresourcesnj.org/
City of Trenton Community Relations and Social Services218 North Broad StreetTrenton, NJ 08618(609) 989-3303https://www.trentonnj.org/176/Division-of-Community-Relations-Social-S
If $3,000 in assistance will not bring you current with your landlord; you will be required to demonstrate your ability to pay the balance before an approval is provided.
Students do not qualify for HOME assistance unless the individual meets one of the exemptions below.