Christie Administration Announces $57 Million Sandy Housing and Rental Assistance Program

Posted by Marissa Anema Wednesday, October 23, 2013 11:30:00 AM

New Working Families Living Expenses Voucher Program Provides Up to $15,000 for Certain Housing Costs

TRENTON, N.J. – Governor Christie announced a new $57 million Sandy Housing and Rental Assistance Program, the Working Families Living Expenses Voucher Program. The program will provide housing stability for individuals and families still recovering financially from Superstorm Sandy by helping to offset living expenses. The funding will be distributed through county Boards of Social Services as well as other designated agencies in the form of direct payments to billing agencies or vouchers to select vendors for eligible Sandy-impacted residents.

The new program provides temporary relief to households by offering support to fund costs related to: maintaining temporary housing while their primary residence is repaired/rebuilt; maintaining a primary residence for the household to return to when repairs and reconstruction are completed; and ensuring that affected households can obtain certain essential items for their primary residence. The funding is being made available through a federal Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) to the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS).

The Working Families Living Expenses Voucher Program provides up to six months of housing and related assistance and is capped at $15,000 in direct payments or vouchers per household. It is available for eligible individuals or families experiencing financial distress directly related to housing needs as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

Families and individuals interested in applying for The Working Families Living Expenses Voucher can go to www.NJ211.org or call 211 to find out where to apply within each county.

Click here for the full Christie Administration release. 

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