Local Housing Assistance Programs
Our COVID-19 Housing Assistance Page features emergency programs and resources that are specifically for those who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources are for homeowners and renters.
General housing assistance programs are closely tied to funding dollars, which at times are a state of flux. Programs are active until the funding source for these programs is lost or exhausted. When funding is lost, programs may close until new funding becomes available. Professionals working with people in need understand how desperate the need for housing is, but their efforts to help are limited by the reality of finite resources. As new resources become available this page will be updated. If you know of a local housing program that has not been included please send information about the resource to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we may share it with those looking for help.
Atlantic County Homeless Prevention Services provides assistance to Atlantic County residents who are at risk of homelessness but are ineligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, General Assistance welfare, or Supplemental Security Income. This is for short-term, non-recurring emergencies only. Learn more about this program and eligibility.
Bergen County's United Way has a very active housing support initiative dedicated to working with community partners to build affordable housing for working families, veterans, older adults, and individuals with developmental disabilities.
The Compassion Fund provides financial assistance for people struggling to make ends meet in Bergen County. Assistance may include help paying a utility bill to prevent a shut-off, a rent payment to prevent eviction, and other housing emergencies. Relief funds are also available for those affected by natural disasters.
The Burlington County Housing Hub provides housing advocacy and support services to Burlington County residents who experience hardship, homelessness, and housing insecurity. In addition to the Housing Hub, Burlington County provides a list of Affordable Rental Housing.
Westampton residents can also find housing through God Squad, Inc. which offers Section 8 housing for veterans, the Family Housing Stabilization Program, and more. Learn more about God Squad, Inc’s programs.
The Housing Authority of the City of Camden provides resources to housing vouchers, public housing applications, and more.
Cape May County
Cape May County has a low-income housing program that can provide public housing. Applications are accepted online only Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Click here to learn more.
The Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authority provides various programs for people looking to become homeowners including closing cost assistance, housing rehabilitation, and more.
Essex County Housing and Community Development provides a choice of housing and community development services throughout the county. Programs include an emergency shelter grant program, home buyer assistance, and more.
The Housing Authority of Gloucester County has programs providing public housing for families, the elderly, and disabled persons.
Mercer County Affordable Rental Housing: Veterans Residence provides a low-income group home for veterans who may be homeless or physically challenged. Learn more about this program.
Morris County Habitat for Humanity works with qualified applicants who are interested in being considered for a program that enables applicants to own affordable homes built in partnership with this organization. Interested applicants can apply online.
Morris County also offers public housing. Applicants can put their name on the waitlist.
The Ocean County Department of Planning has a list of fair housing including public assisted housing/rent subsidies.
Passaic County has three public housing properties to apply for. To find out more about the program and eligibility requirements, click here.
The Salem Housing Authority provides public housing to low- and moderate-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities.
Services are available to prevent the loss of permanent housing and/or resolve homeless situations. The services include limited payments toward rent and utility arrearages, security deposits, and temporary shelter. Contact one of the Somerset County Board of Social Service locations.
Union County Bureau of Housing offers suitable living environments for low-income families through federal programs. They also have payment programs and home improvement grants. For more information, click here.
Warren County’s Department of Human Services offers a subsidized housing program. Call 908-475-3989 for more information.
The Family Promise of Warren County's Homelessness Prevention Program is a grant program to provide temporary assistance to households who are being evicted due to a short-term loss of income. Learn more about this program and its eligibility. To find requirements including eligibility, documents needed to apply, and income guidelines, click here.
Local Affordable Housing Listings through NJHRC
For the most up-to-date information on available and affordable housing in your community, use the NJ Housing Resource Center (NJHRC), an online service that provides information on current listings in towns throughout the state. If you are having trouble navigating the NJHRC site, dial 2-1-1 and our resource specialists will help you find appropriate resources.
Search the NJ 211 Website
NJ 211’s database has many different housing resources. On our website, find local alternatives by selecting the housing terms that best describe your need. Remember to geographically limit your search to find the most appropriate resources in your local area.