Christie Administration Distributes More Than $1 Million In Sandy Homeowner And Renter Assistance Program Funding

(http://www.nj.gov/humanservices/dfd/programs/shrap/ ) provides up to six months of housing and related assistance and is capped at $15,000 in direct vendor payments and/or vouchers per household.

Applications for assistance are being accepted at designated agencies in every county. In order to be eligible for the program, an individual or family unit must:

  • Have a financial distress directly related to housing which is a direct result of Superstorm Sandy;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible alien;
  • Not currently be receiving Work First New Jersey (WFNJ) benefits or be eligible for WFNJ/SSI Emergency Assistance; and
  • Be legally or blood-related. (If two unrelated families/individuals are sharing a home/apartment, each can apply separately.)

Prior to providing services, all eligibility factors must be verified. The primary method of verifying identity/residency is a NJ Driver’s License; however, verifications also may include:

  • A state-issued photo ID;
  • A mortgage statement;
  • A lease agreement;
  • A utility bill;
  • Birth certificate;
  • An affidavit or statement regarding current living arrangements;
  • Homeowner’s Insurance documents; or
  • Proof of FEMA registration (if applicable).