I Live in Princeton and My Income Has Been Affected by COVID
If you live in Princeton Housing Authority housing you are not eligible for this funding.
Everyone Else applying for Rental Assistance
You do not need to be a Princeton Resident and your situation does not need to be Covid-related.
Housing Initiatives of Princeton/CDBG Program
What is the HIP/CDBG program?
The Program is the outcome of Princeton Council Resolution 20-383 authorizing an agreement with Housing Initiatives of Princeton (HIP) through which HIP will assist the municipality in administering the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds the town received from the federal government to promote housing stability. HIP will be providing emergency rental assistance to qualifying Princeton residents for up to 3 months of rent payments.
Who is eligible to receive these funds?
Princeton residents who are renters who need help to pay their rent as a result of the COVID pandemic.
How do I apply?
By filling out an application (in English or Spanish) found at housinginitiativesofprinceton.org. The application will ask you to self-certify your current income and the fact that you have been impacted by COVID. It will also ask you to submit a current, valid signed lease.
What is Self-certification?
Self-certification is a sworn statement that your income is accurate and that the impact of COVID on your ability to pay your rent is accurate.
What do I do if I am not on a lease?
You can ask your landlord to provide you with a lease or you can reach out to HIP for our help with this by calling 609-921-2328.
We urge landlords to review your tenants’ leases to ensure that they are current and list all tenants by name. HIP will not share the application or the leases with the municipality, and the funding source (HUD) does not generally require HIP to share information about individual applications.
You can apply for rental assistance with the Mercer County Board of Social Services (MCBOSS) at http://www.mercercounty.org/departments/human-services/office-on-homeless-services/emergency-rental-assistance-program-erap/-utm_medium-email/-utm_source-govdelivery
For more information you can call them at 609-389-3575 or email email@example.com.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is an opportunity for the tenant and landlord to meet virtually and, with the help of an impartial mediator, reach an agreement about the amount of rent that HIP will pay the landlord on behalf of the tenant.
In most cases, rather than formal mediation, HIP is negotiating directly with the landlords to reach agreed-upon reduced rental amounts in order help as many tenants as possible with limited funds.
Do I need to participate in Mediation?
No. Tenants who have been approved for assistance may request a mediation session if they have issues they would like mediated with their landlord.
What is the timeline?
Applications for CDBG rental assistance are being accepted on a rolling basis.
HIP will review the applications to determine:
- eligibility for the program
- level of need
We hope to help as many people as possible with the funds available. The actual number who will receive assistance will depend on the volume of the applications received, and we will prioritize those with the most need.