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BEOF rental assistance program open to Bayonne and Hudson County residents

The program aims to help the homeless and at-risk tenants

Rental assistance is available to Bayonne and Hudson County residents.

The Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF) announced that the Rapid Re-Housing Rental Assistance Program is available for homeless people and those who are at risk of becoming homeless.

The program can help with the security deposit and or rental subsidy for up to twelve months. Residents of Bayonne and other communities in Hudson County are eligible to apply for this housing assistance through the BEOF.

The Rapid Re-Housing Program offers monthly case management to help the tenant access resources and become housing-stable over the course of the program. During the program, households pay 30 percent of their gross monthly income towards rent. The objective is to help households reach their goals and be able to maintain their housing going forward.

Criteria for applying for the program through the BEOF include income eligibility; being homeless or in immediate risk of becoming homeless; Hudson County residency; and either U.S. citizenship or legal immigration status in the United States. Public housing tenants and existing or long-term Section 8 tenants are excluded from the program.

First-time Section 8 tenants may be considered for coverage of their security deposit. Income eligibility is based on number of household members measured against gross household income. Some examples by number of people in household and maximum gross income that qualify include: one person, $24,150; two people, $27,600; three people, $31,050; four people, $34,450; five people, $37,250; and six people, $40,000.

For details on other household sizes, contact the BEOF by calling Audrey or Maria at 201-437-7222 for an initial phone screening. However, applicants will not be qualified over the phone. If meeting the criteria, an appointment will be made to qualify the applicant further for financial assistance. Appointments are required. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Applicants will need to bring various forms of identification and financial documents to the interview. The BEOF will advise applicants about which documents are required. After gathering all of the required documents, call the BEOF at 201-437-7222 to schedule an appointment with the Rental Specialists. All documents must be received within seven days to avoid losing eligibility for the program.

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