New Program Provides Rental Assistance

The Somerset County Homelessness Trust Fund Rental Assistance Program will provide up to 12 months of rental assistance and case management that is intended to help clients become aware of and access resources to help increase their chances of maintaining permanent housing within Somerset County

The program will provide a monthly subsidy to pay the difference between household rent and 30 percent of the client’s income. The maximum subsidy that can be provided to a household is $300 per month.

“The goal of this program is to help working families achieve financial stability, which will ultimately reduce dependence on social services,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Patricia Walsh, human services liaison. 

An applicant must be able to demonstrate that he or she will be able to afford the housing without rental assistance within 12 months.  In order to qualify, all adult members of the household must be employed, have a formal lease and be within the following income limits:

1 Person - $35,063                 2 People - $40,063

3 People - $45,063                  4 People - $50,063

5 People – $54,063                 6 People - $58,063

In addition, program participants:

·         must complete a monthly household budget;

·         must maintain monthly contact with the Program Case Manager; and

·         must be willing to accept case management services that include financial management,

employment and/or any other services that are deemed necessary for one to maintain permanent housing.

Applicants who meet the criteria will be served on a first-come, first-served basis after being  screened by the County Community Development Office.  For more information call the office at (908) 541-5756.