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New Jersey Citizen Action: Housing Protection and Assistance During COVID-19 Pandemic

Governor Murphy, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, Congressman Tom Malinowski, Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, and State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick Callahan hold a Coronavirus briefing and announce the road to reopening New Jersey on April 27, 2020(Edwin J. Torres for Governor’s Office). Governor Murphy, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, Congressman Tom Malinowski, Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, and State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick Callahan hold a Coronavirus briefing and announce the road to reopening New Jersey on April 27, 2020(Edwin J. Torres for Governor’s Office).

Under law, New Jersey sheriffs, court officers and their agents may not remove anyone from their homes for evictions caused by financial hardship during the state of emergency.

NEWARK, New Jersey. April 27, 2020 (NJCA) — New Jersey’s Governor and Legislature have acted to prevent housing insecurity during the COVID-19 public health crisis. The state government enacted a moratorium on rental and foreclosures evictions. This expands the federally mandated moratorium to foreclosure evictions for any type of mortgage and to rental evictions.

NJ Citizen Action’s Financial Justice Organizer, Beverly Brown Ruggia said, “We applaud Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 106 and the Legislature passing A2020/S227. Under law, New Jersey sheriffs, court officers and their agents may not remove anyone from their homes for evictions caused by financial hardship during the state of emergency.

As the pandemic progresses over the coming weeks, we expect several more pieces of state and federal legislation to be passed and signed into law to provide even more housing protections.

If you are facing a housing crisis, NJCA offers free HUD-certified housing and foreclosure counseling services in English and Spanish. To apply for counseling today, click here and one of NJCA’s Loan Counselors will call you to set-up an appointment over the phone.

If you are looking for financial assistance in paying your rent you may qualify for a variety of DCA programs at https://njdca-housing.dynamics365portals.us/en-US/

Click here for a list of services for renters. Additional state resources are available to help with rent/housing costs, prevention of eviction, reduction of utility bills, and other programs such as lead removal and weatherization assistance. Federal mortgage assistance is also available for homeowners.

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