Hoboken launches COVID-19 rental and nonprofit support programs

City will distribute $1.25 million in funding from Hoboken Rescue Plan

Hoboken is distributing a total of $1.25 million in funding for rental assistance and nonprofit org grants. Photo by Mark Koosau
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Hoboken is distributing a total of $1.25 million in funding for rental assistance and nonprofit org grants. Photo by Mark Koosau

Hoboken has announced the launch of the city’s COVID-19 Rental Assistance Grant Program and the Nonprofit Support Grant Program to provide residents and organizations with funding assistance due to the pandemic.

The two programs are part of the city’s Hoboken Rescue Plan outlined by Mayor Ravi Bhalla in August, which uses federal funds from the American Rescue Plan. The plan set aside $750,000 in a rental assistance program and $500,000 for organizations and nonprofits who helped address insecurities, housing, and other critical resources during the pandemic.

“The pandemic has touched all aspects of our residents’ lives and we must do everything we can to help alleviate the pressures our most vulnerable residents are under,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla in a press release.

Hoboken will provide up to $5,000 in rental assistance in the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program on behalf of tenants who went through financial hardship because of the pandemic. Low-to-moderate income individuals and family residents can apply with their landlords through a two-part application process.

The city’s Nonprofit Support Grant Program will award nonprofit grants of up to $50,000 to organizations that  “specifically address COVID-19 challenges in the community, such as those related to public health and safety, education, childcare, and economic security.”

Hoboken will distribute funds for both programs before the end of the year. They have also been working to distribute $1.82 million in grants to small businesses.

Information and applications for the rental program can be found at www.hobokennj.gov/news/city-of-hoboken-covid-19-rental-assistance-program, and the nonprofit program can be found at www.hobokennj.gov/news/city-of-hoboken-nonprofit-support-grant-program-2021. For more information about both programs, their emails are HobokenRentalAssistGrant@hobokennj.gov and HobokenNonprofitSupportGrant@hobokennj.gov.

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