Homelessness Prevention

Resources and Financial Assistance to help Prevent Homelessness

ABOUT HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION

Resources to prevent to individuals or families facing eviction or threat of eviction from losing their housing—or required to find new housing--due to temporary financial problems.

 

Financial assistance, such as a full or partial rent payment, may be given to income-eligible clients who are being evicted. Other financial assistance includes security payments and advance rent deposits for new housing to resolve a homeless situation.

 

Services such as interpretation of tenant rights, referrals for legal services, and financial counseling  also offered to minimize future problems.

 
Greater Bergen Community Action
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
  • Bergen County resident

  • Income-qualified

  • Persons who possess eviction notice, warrant of removal or proof of homelessness

  • Having temporary financial problem that occurred beyond client’s control

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Our HUD-certified financial counselors will work with you to create a household budget.

 

Then, they will work with you to determine the best services to help you solve your immediate financial issues. Depending on available program funds, relief can come in the form of paying back utility payments or rent (arrears), and security, deposit or first month’s rent payment in order to obtain new rental housing.

 

Your counselor will follow up with you to ensure you are continuing to move in the right direction.

 

Please note: funding for this program is limited. Financial assistance is available on a first come first serve basis and may not be available at all times. 

COST

Your counselor will follow up with you to ensure you are continuing to move in the right direction.

  1. Call (201) 488-5100 x7041 

  2. There is no cost for this program

  3. Your counselor will tell you what documentation to bring to your appointment from the list below

HOW TO APPLY FOR MORE INFORMATION
DOCUMENTATION CHECKLIST

After you call, your counselor will tell you what you need to bring from this list.

  1. Court Notice/Warrant of Removal

  2. Foreclosure must have Court Notice

  3. Current Lease

  4. Four Bi-weekly or Six weekly current pay stubs

  5. Workman’s Comp Check Stubs

  6. Current Tax return

  7. Disability Information (if out on leave, you must have a return date)

  8. A200 New Jersey Unemployment or Zero Income

  9. Social Security Award Letter

  10. New York print out of Unemployment benefits

  11. Social Security Cards for all members

  12. Birth certificate for all members

  13. Current Photo ID for all adults in the household

  14. Section 8 Security Deposit.  Must be first time voucher holder.

  15. Proof of Homelessness – Shelter letter with motel receipts, letter from whom you are staying with.

Letter must include name, phone number, address of person who is providing shelter, how much client contributes to household, how long they have been there and reason and why they must vacate premises.

 

Greater Bergen Community Action Help Center*
316 State Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Monday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm

*(not wheelchair-accessible)

Mt. Olive Baptist Church
260 Central Avenue
Wednesday 10:00am to 3:00PM

LOCATION
Greater Bergen Community Action

Greater Bergen Community Action is a 501(c) (3), not-for-profit Community Action Agency. Established in 1967, Greater Bergen is part of a nationwide network of poverty-fighting enterprises which were established as part of the nation’s effort to address the intractable and persistent problem of poverty in America.

Information

Contact Us

GBCA Headquarters
392 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
201-968-0200

 

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Registered 501(c)(3). EIN: 22-1818014