Mayor Fulop announced on December 14th in his State of the City address that the City will issue $1,500 checks to renters that have been directly affected by COVID-19 and could use the assistance.
Mayor Fulop explained via press release, “Later this month, we will also launch our local rent relief program and it will be flexible in writing one-time checks of $1500 to Jersey City families that need it.”
No details were given on how one can apply or what the requirements will be.
He continued, “I know this isn’t the absolute answer to ending these difficult times, but during the pandemic, we are all figuring it out from one month to the next on how to get by and we are approaching this in a way with small frequent steps in progress in order to make sure we have the best chance to get through this together.”
City spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione added that the city’s family relief program will begin in January. “The Relief Fund’s Hardship Grants will be made available through collaborative nonprofits who will provide case management,” she said. “We will also expand residents’ access to legal counsel to prevent eviction, benefits counseling, immigrant rights, and other related resources, serving residents regardless of immigration status.” She added that the program also includes $200,000 to Northeast NJ Legal Services to fund eviction relief efforts.
You can watch the full State of the City address on YouTube.