Bergen County's Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program

(855) 203-6952

Bergen County's Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program

County of Bergen received $27 million from U.S. Department of Treasury to assist low-income tenants unable to pay their rent and/or utility payments due to a financial hardship experienced during the pandemic.  Tenants who have been unable to pay their rent and/or utility payments since March 2020 are encouraged to apply for funding.

  • If eligible, any renter who owes rent or utility payments dating back to March 13, 2020 may receive up to 12 months of rental arrears and utility payments through this program.
  • Program is first come, first serve as long as funding is available or until July 23, 2021 deadline is met.
  • All payments will be directly made to Landlord and/or Utility Provider.

Key Dates:

  • June 7th: Landlords can begin registering their information and property information in the portal → https://apply.recovernj.org
     
  • June 14th: Tenants can begin applying for funds and submitting applications
     
  • July 23rd: Deadline for Application Submissions

Qualifying:

To qualify for Bergen County Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance funding, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Bergen County resident primarily responsible for paying rent;
  • Make less than 80% of the average median income of Bergen County (e.g., less than $78,500 for a family of four);
  • Experienced a loss of income or financial burden since March 13, 2020 related to the Covid-19 pandemic;
  • Provide required supporting documentation (income verification, proof of identity, proof of residency etc.)

Bergen County Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program 

ERAP Helpdesk Call Center 1-855-203-6952 Monday through Friday 9AM to 6PM 

•County Social Services Directory found on www.BergenCountyCares.org

•Contact Marisa Tugultschinow, County Administration: [email protected]

Please call us for assistance or more program information beginning on June 7th at the Call Center 855-203-6952. Call Center will be open Monday through Friday 9AM to 6PM until July 23, 2021.