On Monday, May 18, 2020 Mayor Diaz sent out an announcement that the City of Perth Amboy has approved the reallocation of U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) HOME Funds, totaling more than $200,000, to assist eligible Perth Amboy residents with rent support. The Puerto Rican Association for Human Development (PRAHD) will be administering the funds and are now accepting rental assistance applications. For the safety of the community and in order to comply with the Governor’s stay at home order, PRAHD’s offices remain closed to the public. Services continue to be provided remotely. For rental assistance, please call 732-638-2870.
Eligible residents need to comply with the following criteria to receive assistance:
- Individual must be a current Perth Amboy resident
- Proof of citizenship is required
- Individual must be able to document a COVID related hardship (unemployment or letter from employer stating that they were laid off or had a reduction in hours due to COVID).
- Landlord verification of back rent due is required
“During these unprecedented times and unchartered territories, we must all work together to get through this difficult time so we can come out stronger,” said Mayor Wilda Diaz. “I understand that many of our residents have been laid off because their companies were required to close. That is why I have been working alongside my administrative staff to provide critical short-term support since the beginning of March, and most recently, by redirecting grant funds to offer additional tenant-based rental assistance.”
PRAHD is a comprehensive human services agency that serves thousands of New Jersey residents throughout Middlesex, Union and Hudson counties. The non-profit agency has successfully operated the program for the past eight years, providing rental assistance to eligible Perth Amboy residents.
“PRAHD is honored to partner with the city to administer the rental assistance funds. It is our privilege to serve the community and we are looking forward to continuing our work to make sure the residents of Perth Amboy receive the assistance they need,” said Executive Director, Kim Ruiz.