April 10 Homelessness Trust Fund Info Session Set

An information session on and eligibility screening for Somerset County’s Homelessness Trust Fund is set for 6:30-8 p.m. April 10 at the Somerville Library, 35 West End Ave., Somerville.

The program offers up to 15 months of rental assistance to working families.

“The results speak for themselves,” Freeholder Patricia Walsh, program liaison, said in a release about the event. “Of the 19 people who have completed the program to date, all are still housed and are paying their rent with earned income. There have been several success stories:  one client has purchased a home, another will pursue a doctorate at Rutgers this fall, and three clients got higher-paying jobs, two of them making enough money so that they are no longer eligible for the program.

To qualify for the program:

  • All adults in the household must work at least 30 hours per week.
  • Clients must also complete a monthly household budget and meet monthly with a Case Manager.
  • The maximum subsidy provided is $300 per month.
  • In order to qualify applicants must have a formal lease at a rate that is lower than the Fair Market Rental Rate.

Income limits are as follows:

  • 1 Person – $51,500 2 People – $58,800
  • 3 People – $66,200 4 People – $73,500
  • 5 People – $79,400 6 People – $85,300

For more information, call the Somerset County Community Development Office at (908) 541-5756.

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