Understanding How the System Works
Finding affordable shelter is a challenge for many in our state, but resources exist that may provide the solutions you are after. This section of our site is devoted to briefly explaining public housing and the programs that have been created to assist low-income households and those with special needs find suitable housing.
NJ Housing Resource Center
In addition to the resources listed throughout the section, the NJ Housing Resource Center, an online, housing information clearinghouse designed to help all New Jerseyans with their housing-related needs, provides valuable information. NJHRC is completely free and accessible from any computer with an Internet connection. The website is easy to navigate and offers a searchable registry of currently available housing in New Jersey, including
- Affordable Rental Housing
- Affordable For-Sale Housing
- Housing with Accessibility Features
- Housing Opportunities for Hurricane Sandy Survivors
Searches on the database can be narrowed to limit your results to include a specific type of housing unit and the site includes maps and pictures and is updated bi-weekly to give an accurate reflection of housing availability in our state. In addition to this, the NJHRC site is an excellent source for housing-related information. Here you can find information about the basics of buying, renting and maintaining a home as well as learn about state subsidy programs and housing-related services that are available in our state. Learn more about housing programs and services in our state by reading the housing-related pages of our website which are devoted to finding affordable shelter, and then visit NJHRC to view available rental and purchase listings.
For more information specific for First Time Homebuyers please visit this guide for important and helpful information.
If you do not have regular access to a computer, or if you are having difficulty navigating the NJHRC site, dial 2-1-1 and our call specialists will help you find appropriate resources.
If you are in danger of losing your home, visit our Avoiding Foreclosure pages to learn about programs that may be able to assist you.