City of Newark 2020 Emergency Fund for Rental Housing Assistance
Impacted by COVID-19
This application is for families who rent housing in the City of Newark
and need assistance with their rent due to the economic impact of
PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS AND HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER (SECTION 8)
PARTICIPANTS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS GRANT. AS THESE CLIENTS
ARE CURRENTLY RECEIVING A HOUSING ASSISTANCE RENTAL SUBSIDY.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THERE IS NO APPLICATION FEE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS
DO NOT PAY ANYONE FOR INFORMATION OR ASSISTANCE WITH THIS GRANT.
For free assistance with this grant, see instructions below.
The grant application is now closed.
Welcome to the Newark COVID-19 Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program
grant webpage. In this time of crisis, residents nationwide are
suffering enormous impacts related to COVID-19. Mayor Ras. J. Baraka in
partnership with Newark Housing Authority are coordinating this effort
to provide $1 million in local funding and federal HOME funds for relief
while assessing the economic impacts related to COVID-19 on Newark’s
most vulnerable residents. To help Newark renters and their families
having difficulty paying rent as a result of COVID-19, the City will
provide up to $1,000 to 1,000 households who fall under 60 percent of
Area Median Income (AMI) to help with housing costs.
This grant aims to help Newark residents who have experienced loss of
income due to decreases in regular working hours, or being laid-off or
furloughed, etc. This emergency fund will provide up to One Thousand
Dollars ($1,000) to qualifying residents. Please read the following
information regarding this grant before beginning the application. Both
the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and
What You’ll Need To Apply sections of this page
will provide the information you’ll need to successfully complete and
submit an application,
so you should not begin an application until these items are available
You can be assured that your individual responses will not be published.
Responses will be analyzed to project the extent of the economic damage
to yourself and your household. Only general findings may be published.
Though this information is requested, none of the following
information is used to determine your household’s eligibility
for this Emergency Rental Assistance Grant Program including:
demographic Information about your households’ racial and ethnic
composition; whether the household is female headed or elderly; the ward
of Newark you reside in; and whether your household experienced
Required documentation should be gathered prior to the start of the
application for uploading at the end of the application. Please be
prepared to provide landlord contact information and upload required
documents at the end of the application before starting.
What You'll Need To Apply
For your convenience, required documentation (whole document) can either
be scanned using a scanner or photographed using a mobile phone or
device and uploaded to this application. Clear, legible document images
must be uploaded at the time of application submission.
Document requirements can be met with the following:
INCOME AND UNEMPLOYMENT INFORMATION MUST BE PROVIDED FOR ALL ADULT (18
AND OVER) INCOME EARNERS IN THE HOUSEHOLD
Income Verification for ALL HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS WHO WERE WORKING
Copy of most recent paystub OR If paid in cash
by employer, then must provide an official document from employer with
the following information:
Employer TIN #
Letter or email of job loss or reduced hours
Copy of unemployment letter stating unemployment income.
Copy of executed lease
(If no formal lease) an official one-page rental agreement with rental
terms between landlord and tenant (signed by both parties).
Copy of late rent notice from landlord (if available)
You will also need the following information regarding your landlord
for this application:
Landlord Name: [First Name, Last Name; Company Name (if, applicable)]
Once you have this information and these documents are readily available
to be uploaded, then you are ready to begin the application. Thank you.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Who is eligible for this grant?
- Applicant must be a Newark resident who pays rent.
Applicants must show proof that they filed for unemployment insurance
or had work hours reduced.
Applicant household must have fallen under the 60% Area Median Income
(AMI) level (see chart below) before filing for unemployment insurance
or having hours reduced.
What expense does the grant award cover?
Grant awards cover a portion of the rent owed.
How much can an applicant be awarded?
awards can be up to $1,000.
What period of time does the grant cover?
Grant awards cover rent in arrears (owed) for the period of April
and/or May 2020.
What is the funding source for this grant?
This $1 million grant is funded by US Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD) HOME funds.
Who is administering this grant?
program is provided by the Department of Economic and Housing
Development of the City of Newark and administered in partnership by the
Newark Housing Authority.
Where can applicants apply?
renters can apply online via the Newark Housing Authority at
How do applicants apply?
renters apply by completing the online application at
and uploading all required documents at the end of the application. No
applications can be submitted in-person. Only 1 application per
household will be accepted. Income and unemployment information for all
income earners in the household must be included.
When can applicants apply?
renters will be able to apply online during the period of Monday, May
18, 2020 beginning at 2pm through Monday, June 1, 2020 ending at 5pm.
What will applicants need to provide to complete an application?
Eligible Newark renters will need to their eligibility by
uploading proof of residence and proof of loss of income, along with
providing the contact information of their landlord. A list of
acceptable documents can be found at the grant welcome page at
When will applicants be notified?
Applicants will be notified two weeks after submitting a complete
grant application (online application accompanied with all required
How will applicants be notified?
will be notified by email as to whether they were awarded a grant.
What will applicants need to do if awarded a grant?
The renter/awardee will enter into a rental assistance agreement
with the City of Newark for a period of up to two months beginning
retroactive up to April 1, 2020.
How will payment be made if awarded a grant?
Rent payment will be made via ACH directly to the landlord only,
on behalf of the renter/awardee.
Is there any cost associated with this grant application?
There is absolutely no application fee, cost, or monetary
contribution of any kind associated with this grant. Please do not pay
anyone in connection with this grant opportunity. Free information and
assistance is available at The Newark Housing Authority at
and (973) 346-9432. No authorized,
legitimate source of assistance for this grant will ask you for any
Who can prospective applicants contact if there are any other
questions or if assistance is needed?
The Newark Housing Authority can be contacted at
or at (973) 346-9432.
The grant application is now closed.
If you have questions, please email Emergency Rental Assistance Program
or call (973) 346-9432 between 9am and
4:30pm, Monday through Friday.