Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 106 on March 19, declaring a moratorium on removing individuals from their homes pursuant to an eviction or foreclosure proceeding. This move will ensure that no renter or homeowner is removed from their residence while this Order is in effect.
To further aid both homeowners and renters facing hardship, the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency is expanding its Foreclosure Mediation Assistance Program (FMAP) to include renter and pre-foreclosure counseling utilizing a network of participating housing counselors in each county. The counseling is available now and can be provided remotely.Counseling is free of charge.
Counselors will provide upfront assistance to help homeowners avoid potential foreclosure. At the same time, the counseling made available to renters will guide them on how to approach discussions with their landlords on dealing with their rent situation. For a list of housing counselors participating in FMAP, visit: https://njhousing.gov/foreclosure
At the Department of Community Affairs, rental assistance programs continue to operate and fulfill all core business functions, including paying rents to landlords and processing recertifications, income redeterminations, and other core functions. While DCA field offices are closed to the public to observe social distancing protocols, DCA encourages current participants to utilize the online portal at assistancecheck.com to submit documents, or to submit documents through the mail. Current program participants may email or call the field offices or the customer service line at 609-292-4080 or email: email@example.com to leave messages with questions.
For a copy of Executive Order No. 106, click here.