Utility bill assistance available through the county’s partnership with NJ SHARES
FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County has partnered with New Jersey SHARES to provide assistance to income-eligible tenants with up to 18 months of utility arrears resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic through the Monmouth County Emergency Rental Aid (ERAP).
“The Monmouth County ERAP program continues to find innovative ways to provide tenants and landlords with financial resources to help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Managing Commissioner Thomas A. Arnone. “I would like to thank our partners in New Jersey SHARES for working with us to provide this opportunity to our residents. Affected tenants will be able to access a variety of utility assistance options through New Jersey ACTIONS, including, but not limited to, electricity, gas, water and / or similar expenses. . “
“Through this important partnership with the County of Monmouth, we welcome the opportunity to
our long-standing working relationship with state regulated utilities to work for county tenants, ”said Cheryl Stowell, CEO of NJ SHARES. “These significant ERAP funds will provide up to 18 months of utility arrears assistance to tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and meet the program’s eligibility criteria. Renters who have experienced a loss of income or significant financial hardship and who have to pay large natural gas or electricity bills can contact New Jersey SHARES directly for assistance.
Monmouth County tenants with unpaid utility bills can contact New Jersey SHARES by calling 1-866-657-4273 Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm or by visiting their website at https://njshares.org / monmouth-county -apply /. Text messaging is also available – send HELP to 64405 to connect with a New Jersey SHARES customer service representative. Messages and data rates can be applied.
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The goal of the Monmouth County PIU is to prevent evictions and homelessness by providing housing assistance to eligible Monmouth County households earning less than 80% of the area’s median income (MAI) as per program guidelines federal.
“The county and its partners continue to work tirelessly to help identify potential candidates for the Monmouth County PIU program and assist them with the application process,” said Deputy Director-Commissioner Susan M. Kiley. “If you or someone you know needs emergency rental assistance, please visit www.monmouthcountyerap.com or call (848) 801-1297 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00:00 pm Saturdays If you need further assistance you can also contact Monmouth ACTS at www.monmouthacts.org or call them at 732-683-2102.
The Monmouth County ERAP will allow eligible households to receive up to $ 30,000 towards rental costs incurred on or after March 13, 2020.
The county received a direct funding allocation totaling $ 38,410,914.20 from the United States Department of the Treasury under the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (“ERAP 1″, ” ERAP 2 “and” ERAP 2 high need “).
For more information, visit www.monmouthcountyerap.com or call (848) 801-1297 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Saturday.