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Posted on: May 17, 2023

Applications Open for Essex County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) has been established to provide emergency temporary assistance to low- and moderate-income households that have been directly or indirectly impacted by the pandemic and other circumstances. This program has been designed to assist Essex County residents who are struggling to pay their rent and utility bills due to financial hardship.

"The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is a lifeline for individuals and families who are facing financial difficulties due to the lingering financial hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic or other challenges,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “Bloomfield residents who are struggling to make ends meet should not hesitate to take advantage of this critically important resource to help them stay afloat.”

To qualify for the program, applicants must meet certain eligibility criteria, including having an income at or below 80% of the federal poverty level and meet COVID-19 eligibility guidelines. Applicants must also provide proof of residence, valid IDs with current addresses, current bills for gas and electric, and payment history for rent and utilities.

Assistance will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis, and applications will be accepted until funds are fully distributed. It is important to note that not all municipalities in Essex County are eligible for the program, so applicants are advised to check with their local government agencies to confirm eligibility.

Bloomfield residents in need of rental assistance can call 973-395-8350 for more information on how to apply. The application process is straightforward, and the program is designed to help those who need it most.

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