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The Jersey City COVID-19 Rent Relief Program has reopened!

Applications for the lottery will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on OCTOBER 31ST - NOVEMBER 10TH.

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The Jersey City COVID-19 Rent Relief Program has provided much-needed rental assistance to low-income Jersey City families that have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City has dedicated more than $7 million in federal emergency rental assistance funds to the Jersey City COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, which will provide up to $10,000 per qualifying household to cover rent and rental arrears. Payments will be made directly to landlords on behalf of individuals/households, covering arrears incurred since April 1, 2020.

The program initially focused on families living in owner-occupied buildings with fewer than five apartments. In the current phase, the program has expanded to include households with income up to 80% of area median income and those that reside in other types of buildings. However, in accordance with federal guidance, the program will continue to prioritize households at or below 50% of area median income, and households where at least one member has been unemployed for the 90-day period preceding date of application.

The Jersey City COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is being administered by the Jersey City Housing Authority (JCHA) on behalf of the City. The Program's next application period will run from 10 a.m. on October 31st - November 10th, 2022, to 11:59 p.m.  After the end of the application period, a lottery will be conducted.

To apply for the Program, visit the following:

To learn more about the Program, please visit, which provides FAQs and helpful video tutorials on how to fill out an application to the Program. Informational flyers can be downloaded below in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese (Simplified). For more information, you may also contact the program at (833) 380-8552 or [email protected].

  • Jersey City Resident
  • Income loss due to COVID-19
  • Rent owed since April 2020-November 2022
  • Incurred significant pandemic-induced cost or financial hardship
  • Household income at or below 80% of area median income (AMI)
  • Priority for those unemployed 90 days before application & 50% AMI or below
  • If you previously applied and received the maximum $10,000, you are not eligible for Phase III
  • Housing resides in federally subsidized housing e.g., Low-income Housing Credit, Public Housing or a housing Voucher program
 Who Can Apply?
  • Tenant
  • Landlord (on behalf of Tenant)
  • Case Manager
Income Limits
Household Size Priority Limit (50% AMI)

Maximum Limit  (80%AMI)       

1-Person $36,250 $58,000
2-Person $41,400 $66,250
3-Person $46,600 $74,550
4-Person $51,750 $82,800
5-Person $55,900 $89,450
6-Person $60,050 $96,050
7-Person $64,200 $102,700
8-Person $68,350 $109,300
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