Jersey City COVID-19 Rent Relief Program
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The Jersey City COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is open!

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.


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Frequently Asked Questions


The Jersey City COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is now open. The program will provide much-needed rental assistance to the 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 will focus on families that live in owner-occupied buildings with fewer than five apartments and those who are at or below 50% of area median income. The program will also prioritize households where at least one member has been unemployed for the 90-day period preceding date of application. If funds are still available, program eligibility will expand to include households with income up to 80% of area median income and those that reside in other types of buildings.

The Jersey City COVID-19 Rent Relief Program will be administered by the Jersey City Housing Authority (JCHA) on behalf of the City. The Program's initial application period will be open from 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, to 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. During this initial application period, the program is restricted to households that earn at or below 50% Area Median Income (AMI) and reside in owner-occupied buildings with four units or fewer.

To apply for the Program, visit:

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 (201) 706-4653 or

  • Jersey City Resident
  • Income loss due to COVID-19
  • Rent owed since April 2020
  • Incurred significant pandemic-induced cost or financial hardship
  • Priority for 2-4 unit, owner-occupied buildings
  • Priority for those unemployed 90 days before application & 50% AMI or below
 Who Can Apply?
  • Tenant
  • Landlord (on behalf of Tenant)
  • Case Manager
Max Income Per Household
1 Person $36,250
2 Person $41,400
3 Person $46,600
4 Person $51,750
5 Person $55,900
6 Person $60,050
7 Person $64,200
8 Person $68,350

Jersey City COVID-19 Rent Relief Program Flyer
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