Rental Assistance Available For the Homeless & At-Risk Tenants Through the BEOF

Rental Assistance Program Available for Homeless People and At-Risk Tenants

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% 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 are excluded from the program.  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.  Here are some examples by number of people in household and maximum gross income to qualify:  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, please contact the BEOF.

Please call Audrey or Maria at 201-437-7222 for an initial phone screening.  However, applicants will not be qualified over the phone.  If you meet the criteria, an appointment will be made to qualify you 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. When you have all of the required documents, please 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.