Burlington, Camden counties offer households COVID-19 federal financial assistance

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you live in Burlington or Camden counties in New Jersey and are struggling to keep your home after being financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, those counties have created programs to help.

The Burlington County CARES ACT program is funded by a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

It provides eligible homeowners with documented COVID-19 financial hardships up to six months of assistance for outstanding or upcoming mortgage payments including property taxes, as well as utilities.

"This was our first opportunity to provide assistance to homeowners," said
Burlington County Human Services Director Shirla Simpson. She said that those applying must have lost income due to COVID-19.

"We had to provide assistance for every type of housing need. We started with the homeless, we moved into rental assistance and now we were finally able to help with homeowners."

To be eligible, homeowners must reside at the property and meet household income limits, ranging from $52,950 for a single resident, $75,600 for a family of four and $99,800 for a family of eight or more people.

In Camden County, there is help for low-income renters who have been impacted by the pandemic and are at risk of losing their homes or being evicted.

The RECOVERS rental assistance program, which draws $15 million in funding from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, is available. It assists with up to 12 months of back rent and utilities, with payments directly made to the landlord.