AARP New Jersey Praises Governor Murphy and NJ Legislature for Enacting Legislation to Prevent a Housing Crisis in New Jersey
New Law Provides Critical Rent and Utility Assistance
Statement from Evelyn Liebman, AARP New Jersey Director of Advocacy
NEW BRUNSWICK (August 4, 2021) – “On behalf of AARP’s more than 1 million Garden State members – and all New Jerseyans – AARP New Jersey applauds Governor Murphy and the NJ Legislature for taking steps to prevent a housing crisis in New Jersey and ensuring older residents are not displaced from their homes due to their inability to pay rent.
“The COVID-19 crisis is not over, and significant challenges remain. It is important to make sure individuals and families remain securely housed, can keep their lights on, have running water, and stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. By enacting A5685/S3691, New Jersey is providing critical financial relief to certain landlords and tenants in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It protects low- and moderate-income tenants from eviction if they are unable to pay, or are late on payments, during the pandemic. Certain tenants will now be protected from eviction through the end of the year.
“We commend the Governor and NJ Legislature for allocating $500 million from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) federal relief program to be used as rent assistance for tenants most in need, and $250 million for utility assistance. This funding will help support stable and secure housing and help prevent disconnection from the essential lifeline utility services needed for basic health and safety.
“AARP research shows that 3 in 4 adults 50 and older want to stay in their homes and communities. This legislation is a critical step in protecting our most vulnerable. It is estimated that additional ARP funding will be needed for the many tenants and homeowners who continue to struggle to meet their basic needs. We look forward to working with the Administration in our recovery efforts and in support of all New Jerseyans’ financial security.
About AARP New Jersey
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. AARP New Jersey educates and advocates on behalf of those 50 and older on issues that are important to them, their families and to all Garden State residents. The organization works to strengthen New Jersey communities with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org/nj or follow @AARPNJ on social media.