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Message from The Ocean County Board of Commissioners:

Dear Ocean County Resident,

The coronavirus pandemic has created financial challenges for so many of our Ocean County residents. Some of you have been out of work as a result of COVID 19 while others have had their health compromised from the effects of the virus. The Ocean County Board of Commissioners, with a grant from the federal government, want to help our low-income residents keep the roof over their heads as we launch the Ocean County Residential Emergency Rental Assistance Program. This program has been designed to help our low income residents who are struggling to pay their rent or may be facing eviction. The information on this web page will help you with the application process which is open to Ocean County residents.

Helping to keep the roof over your head is a priority for the Ocean County Board of Commissioners.

Sincerely,

The Ocean County Board of Commissioners

Ocean County Residential Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Supported by the Ocean County Board of Commissioners

Ocean County has partnered with Witt O’Brien’s to plan and deliver RERAP.
Witt O’Brien’s is a crisis and emergency management firm specializing in supporting communities to become more resilient in the midst of unpredictable times.


Please use Chrome, Edge or Firefox when filling out the application.
All applicants will need a working email address to apply.
Program assistance is available by calling 1-833-753-9671.
Call center hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily


  • Apply online Please use Chrome, Edge or Firefox when filling out the application.
  • Applicants will need to demonstrate that your income doesn’t exceed the income limit and that you have been economically impacted during the COVID-19 public health emergency, for example, through job loss, furlough or reduction in hours or pay.
  • You will also need to provide a current lease/rental agreement and provide all required documents for your application to be considered complete.
  • Under RERAP 2.0, tenant and Landlord applicants are encouraged to work together to receive funds quickly, if approved. If a tenant is determined to be eligible, they will be able to receive rental relief even if their landlord has opted out of participating in the program. Relief funds provided to tenants must be paid to their landlord per the requirements of their signed grant agreement with the County.
  • Funds are limited, so apply early.
  • A RERAP 2.0 award addresses a maximum of 15 months of rent arrears and, an additional three months of prospective (future) rent, not to exceed $45,000 including awards received from RERAP 1.0 and DCA.
  • Only one application per household is allowed unless roommates have individual leases.
  • Landlords can apply on behalf of tenants.
  • An application is not a guarantee of assistance.
  • If approved, the rental assistance will be paid directly to the applicant’s landlord, if the landlord is participating. Direct to tenant payments will need to be picked up from the County’s offices, in accordance with instructions provided.
  • If you need help applying, please call: (833) 753-9671

Household annual income must be at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI):

Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
30% AMI Level $25,600 $29,250 $32,900 $36,550 $39,500 $42,400$45,350$48,250
50% AMI Level $42,650 $48,750 $54,850 $60,900 $65,800 $70,650 $75,550 $80,400
80% AMI Level $62,600 $71,550 $80,500 $89,400 $96,600 $103,750 $110,900 $118,050

Tenants applying for their household, and/or landlords applying on behalf of their tenants, must upload the following documents:
  1. Signed attestation by the applicant or other relevant documentation of unemployment benefits qualification.
  2. A past due rent notice or eviction notice.
  3. Written attestation and supporting documentation based on (i) total household income for 2020 or (ii) monthly income extrapolated over 12 months
  4. Determination letter from another government agency verifying income qualification made on or after 1/1/2021

Before you apply, have ready a digital copy of these required documents:

Required for Eligibility:Condition of Eligibility:Preferred Documentation:
1) Qualified for unemployment,
or
2) Experienced reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due to COVID-19
Renter households must be at or below 80 percent of Area Median Income (AMI) for the County, as set by the most current US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Household income will be verified to establish eligibility.For 1), signed attestation by the applicant or documentation of unemployment benefits qualification
For 2), signed attestation by the applicant
One or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instabilityA household may demonstrate qualification for Unemployment Insurance, or demonstrate a reduction in household income, have incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship.A past due rent notice or eviction notice
Household income at or below 80% of area median income (chart above)A household may demonstrate risk through an eviction notice or rent notice, or other reasons as described by the household.1) Written attestation and supporting documentation based on (i) total household income for 2020 or (ii) monthly income for 12 months
2) Determination letter from another government agency verifying income qualification made on or after 1/1/2021

Before you apply, have ready a digital copy of these required documents:

To verify your identify, pick one:
  • Current driver’s license with a picture
    • Current non-driver’s ID card, or Learner Permit with photo
  • ID card issued by the federal government
  • United States Permanent Resident Card
  • United States Employment Authorization Card
  • United States Certificate of Naturalization
  • United States Passport
  • Non-United States Passport plus a current work visa

To verify your income (for everyone in your household over 18):
  • Wages
  • Pay Stubs
  • 2020 W-2
  • 2020 IRS Form 1040 from 2020 taxes
  • Bank Statements (last 60 days, showing reduction in salary)
  • Letter from Employer (for decreases in income, layoff, closures)
  • Other Income (provide copies of award letters)
  • Unemployment
  • Disability
  • Social Security
  • Child Support
  • TANF
  • VA Benefits
  • Pension
  • Insurance (Workers’ Compensation)
  • Information on other rent assistance your household has received since April 7, 2020, including what organization helped, amount of assistance, months of assistance.
  • Completed Self Attestation if you have had no income (See form on this County webpage)

Tenants will also need:
  • Signed Lease Agreement
    • If you don’t have a lease agreement, a signed letter from the landlord stating who lives in the unit, and how much per month you pay for rent
  • Notice of past due rent(s)
  • Eviction Notice

Landlords will also need:
  • W-9
  • NJ Business License

If you need one-on-one help with your Ocean County Residential Emergency Rental Assistance Program application, case managers will be available at the following times and locations.

Appointments are now available, call 1-833-753-9671 to schedule. Please be aware this calendar may change.


DayTimeLocationOcean Ride Bus Route
Monday10 a.m. – 5 p.m.Lakewood Library Branch
301 Lexington Ave., Lakewood
OC 4 Lakewood Brick-Link
Tuesday10 a.m. - 5 p.m.Brick Library Branch
301 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick
OC 3 Brick Lakewood Toms River
OC 3A Point Pleasant
OC 4 Lakewood Brick-Link
Tuesday10 a.m. - 5 p.m.Jackson Library Branch
2 Jackson Drive, Jackson
Reserve-a-Ride
Wednesday10 a.m. – 12 p.m.Lacey Library Branch
10 East Lacey Road, Forked River
OC 5 Lacey
Wednesday1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Manchester Library Branch
201 Colonial Drive, Manchester
OC 1A Whiting
OC 2 Manchester
*Beginning 3/16/2022*Wednesday10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Lakewood Library Branch
301 Lexington Ave., Lakewood
OC 4 Lakewood Brick-Link
Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Little Egg Harbor Branch
290 Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor
OC 6 Little Egg Harbor
Thursday10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Toms River Library Branch
101 Washington Street, Toms River
OC 1A Whiting
OC 2 Manchester
OC 3A Point Pleasant
OC10 Toms River Connection
Friday10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Toms River Library Branch
101 Washington Street, Toms River
OC 1A Whiting
OC 2 Manchester
OC 3A Point Pleasant
OC10 Toms River Connection

Ocean County’s public transportation, Ocean Ride, offers two major services: the “Reserve-A-Ride” Program and local modified fixed "Bus Routes”. For more information on bus routes, call (732) 736-8989 then Press 4.


Go to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program Application
Download RERAP Application Worksheet
This printable paper version of the RERAP application can be used to help you prepare your online application. Please Note:
Your official RERAP application can only be submitted online. The paper version is offered here for your convenience to help you organize the documents you will need. If you have questions please call 1-833-753-9671.

Important Information for Ocean County Emergency Rental Assistance Applicants

If you are a tenant facing eviction court, you may need information regarding your Ocean County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) application. There is now a convenient way to request an ERAP status verification if you have an eviction court hearing scheduled.

To receive ERAP verification via email, please complete the online form at least two (2) weeks prior to your court hearing. If you require assistance, you may have a designee (agency, advocate, legal representative, etc.) complete the form on your behalf. Please follow all instructions provided in the form.

Questions regarding how to receive ERAP verification can be emailed to ERAPDocs@co.ocean.nj.us.
All other inquiries regarding ERAP must be directed to 1-833-753-9671.

Important Information on the RERAP Program

Dear Ocean County RERAP applicant:

As of February 2022, Ocean County has launched a second round of its Residential Emergency Rental Assistance Program (RERAP 2.0) and is allowing new applications, as well as requests for additional funding from eligible prior recipients.

Please call 1-833-753-9671 for assistance.

Thank you.


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FAQ

 What are the eligibility requirements for the Ocean County RERAP Program?
 If my household income is higher than the amount listed but I have lost my job can I apply?
 Are people who rent a room eligible to apply?
 Can I apply if I own my mobile home but pay space rent to a landlord?
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