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West New York announces rental assistance program

Residents can apply online or in person, applications will be open through Sept. 2 at 5 p.m.

WNY Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez

Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez and the Board of Commissioners have announced that qualified West New York residents can apply for the Rental Assistance Program offered by the city in conjunction with Hudson County.

Created to prevent evictions from hurting West New York families, it’s funded by the Federal CARES Act.

The application will be open through September 2 at 5 p.m.

Do I qualify?

West New York residents must be able to show need for rental assistance due to COVID-19, have been current on rent as of March 1, be able to pay rent after assistance is provided, and have income below the pre-established income limits.

The application is accessible via smartphone, tablet, or computer. Visit cares.hcnj.us. Click REGISTER on the top right to create an account.

Residents may need copies of their leases, documentation that they are facing eviction, and income documentation to apply. If you are unable to apply electronically, you may contact the Hudson County Division of Welfare at 257 Cornelison Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07302.

Visit cares.hcnj.us to find additional locations to apply in person.

“I urge those residents who need this assistance to visit the application site and apply immediately,” Rodriguez said. “We want to make sure all West New York families who need the support can access the application and request assistance.”

The town will provide updates via its website at www.westnewyorknj.org and through social media. Call the mayor’s office at 201.295.5100 with questions or assistance in filling out the application, or the county at 201.395.4799.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.