6/15/2020 - Mayor and Council Encourage Residents to Utilize State's Short Term COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program

The Mayor and City Council of Hackensack wish to inform residents about the recently announced short term rental assistance program launched by the State of New Jersey to help renters struggling due to the COVID-19 crisis. This new program is a part of the Murphy administration's overall response to assist New Jersey residents currently suffering economic hardship. The COVID-19 Short Term Rental Assistance program will provide $100 million in temporary rental assistance to low and moderate-income residents that have faced a substantial reduction of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


"This pandemic has caused so much uncertainty and anxieties in all of our lives, wondering whether you can afford to have a roof over your head should not be one of those concerns, said Mayor John Labrosse. "I strongly encourage all those who qualify to apply for this great program. We also encourage residents to use the city offices as a resource. If you need help applying for this program or any others, call the city's dedicated COVID-19 information hotline.” 


The telephone number for the hotline is 201-357-0142, and the email address is info@hackensack.org. Residents should use this hotline as a resource if they have specific questions regarding COVID-19 responses in the city or need assistance navigating or obtaining resources available from other local, state, or federal entities. A city employee will monitor the hotline and email address, and all questions will garner a prompt response. Residents should call 911 if they have a medical emergency.


“I know many families here in Hackensack that are facing unimaginable economic difficulties and stress during these past several months,” said Councilman Leo Battaglia.  “While our state and city need more assistance and resources from the federal government, we must not allow our residents to have to choose between feeding their families or having a place to live. If you and your family qualify, please apply for this program.”


The program will offer three months of temporary assistance, with the ability to apply for an additional three months if needed. Applications for the program will begin in July, and further information will be made available from the state on June 15. The state's COVID-19 Short Term Rental Assistance Program website will launch on June 15. Additional information is located at: https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/shorttermrap.html


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a resident of New Jersey

  • Have a current income that is at or below 80 percent of Area Median Income for your county

  • Have been current in your rent payments as of March 1, 2020

  • Show that your income was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic beginning on March 9 when the public emergency was declared. You must show this by documenting:

    • A layoff.

    • Reduced work hours.

    • Unpaid leave to take care of children. 

    • Need to self-quartinine for 14 days resulted in a loss of income.


For up-to-date information and resources about the city's response to coronavirus pandemic, residents are encouraged to visit the city's dedicated information portal: http://hackensack.org/covid19 or contact the city's dedicated COVID19 information hotline via phone at 201-357-0142 or email at info@hackensack.org.