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Rental Assistance Program


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Message from Ocean County Commissioner Gary Quinn:

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. My colleagues and I on 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,

Gary Quinn,
Director of 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 were unable to pay your rent due to COVID-19.
  • You will also need to provide a current lease/rental agreement and provide all required documents for your application to be considered complete.
  • This program requires participation of the applicant’s landlord to provide information for rental assistance payment. Tenants and Landlord applicants are encouraged to work together to receive funds quickly, if approved.
  • Funds are limited, so apply early.
  • A RERAP award addresses a maximum of 12 months of rent arrears and, an additional three months of prospective (future) rent, not to exceed $26,610.
  • 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 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
50% AMI Level $38,300 $43,800 $49,250 $54,700 $59,100 $63,500
80% AMI Level $61,280 $70,080 $78,800 $87,520 $94,560 $101,600

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 1/1/2020

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 1/1/2020

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
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
Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Little Egg Harbor Branch
290 Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor
OC 6 Little Egg Harbor
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.
Please be advised Ocean County anticipates launching the Ocean County Residential Emergency Rental Assistance Program (RERAP) 2.0 in the Fall of 2021. While complete details will be provided at a later time, proposed program guidelines are as follows:

RERAP 1RERAP 2
Federal SourceU.S. Treasury, Dec. 2020U.S. Treasury, March 2021
Ocean County Allocation$18 million$14 million
High Needs grantee allocationn/a$4.8 million
TimingOpen: April 2021
Close: Sept 30, 2022
Anticipated Open: Fall 2021
Anticipated Close: Sept. 30, 2025
EligibilityRenter households that:
  1. Are in Ocean County
  2. Income at/below 80 percent Area Median Income (AMI)
  3. Household member has qualified for unemployment, has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant financial impact due to COVID 19 public health emergency
  4. Risk of housing instability or homelessness
Renter households that:
  1. Are in Ocean County
  2. Less than 80 percent AMI
  3. Household member has qualified for unemployment, has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant financial impact during or due to COVID 19 public health emergency
  4. Risk of housing instability or homelessness
Period of Assistance March 13, 2020 forwardSame
Method of Income determination2020 annual income, or two months of monthly income. Documented by:
Paystubs
W2
T2020 tax filing
Bank statements
Written attestation

Categorical eligibility via other federal assistance programs
Same, including written attestation of unemployment
Financial hardshipTenant application must describe a reduction in household income due to COVID 19 public health emergency. Tenant application must describe a reduction in household income during or due to COVID 19 public health emergency.
Priority of AssistancePriority 1:
Household at 50 percent AMI, and, households with a member qualified for unemployment during/for 90 days

Priority 2:
Households at 80 percent AMI
No change
Award Guidelines12 months of arrears, 3-months prospective rent

15 months total, max award of $26,610

Arrears will be awarded before prospective rent is considered.

A tenant may request prospective rent only if they are not in arrears.
18 months of arrears and prospective, no maximum cap (inclusive of RERAP 1 and 2 combined.)

Prospective rent may be awarded regardless of arrears

Other expenses related to maintaining housing such as:
Prospective relocation fees
Rental security deposits
Application and screening fees
Who may applyTenant or Landlord may applyTenant or Landlord may apply
PaymentGrant agreement signed by Tenant and direct payment to LandlordDirect payment to Tenant or Landlord

Direct to Tenant payments will include signature of both Tenant and Landlord
Duplication of BenefitsNot allowed. Tenant must attest that they do not receive other rental assistance.An attestation will be included in the Grant Agreement.



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 Changes to RERAP Program

Dear Ocean County RERAP applicant:
The Ocean County Board of Commissioners has increased the grant award for the Ocean County Residential Emergency Rental Assistance Program (RERAP). You may now be eligible for up to 12 months of rent arrearage coverage plus three months of future rent, not to exceed $26,610.

Anyone in Ocean County that HAS RECEIVED their RERAP grant and wants to be considered for the additional funding needs to take the following steps:

For those Tenants who have received the grant:
  • Begin a new application and re-submit all the same documentation.

For those Landlords who have received the grant:
  • Begin a new application and re-submit all the same documentation.
  • Please be sure to submit a rent ledger identifying months in arrears from March 13, 2020 forward through and including June 2021.
    ****Please do not include any months covered in a prior award****

For those applications that are pending, the new standards will be applied during the review process – a new application will not be necessary. Future applicants can request the new amounts when making application for the grant program.

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

Thank you


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