Coronavirus Resources

Housing Initiatives of Princeton CDBG Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Municipality of Princeton has authorized an agreement with Housing Initiatives of Princeton (HIP) to distribute the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds the town received. These funds will be dedicated to providing Emergency Rental Assistance. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must reside in Princeton,
  • Inability to pay rent has been caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic,
  • Must provide a signed lease and completed application.

To apply, residents can call 609-921-2328 or apply on the HIP website: www.housinginitiativesofprinceton.org

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Emergency Rescue Mortgage Assistance Program (ERMA)


ERMA, a program administered by the NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, will provide up to $35,000 for mortgage arrears, delinquent property taxes, and other housing cost delinquencies for eligible homeowners negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications are now being accepted. Apply today at www.njerma.com

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Additional Resources

  • If you have experienced a financial hardship and an increase in housing related expenses associated with the coronavirus pandemic that created a risk of mortgage delinquency, mortgage default, foreclosure or property tax lien, the Homeowners Assistance Fund may be able to help. Please visit: New Jersey HAF (njerma.com) for more information on New Jersey’s Emergency Rescue Mortgage Assistance (ERMA). You can also email the ERMA team at HAFServicing@njhmfa.gov or call (855) 647-7700 between the hours of 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday. The NJ ERMA program will begin accepting applications on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.
  • Princeton Senior Resource Center is providing assistance to Princeton residents struggling to navigate the complexities of the vaccine system including registration and appointment scheduling. To request assistance, fill out this form or contact Carla Servin, Vaccine Navigator Coordinator, at vaccine@princetonsenior.org, or 609.751.9699, ext. 118. 
  • Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton will be helping provide COVID-19 health education, testing, contact tracing, and vaccine support to underserved groups in Central Jersey, including Latino and Black communities and documented and undocumented immigrants. For more information contact rhernandez@cctrenton.org.
  • PSE&G offers a variety of assistance services. If you're unable to pay for heating, cooling, or electric/gas costs, you may qualify for assistance programs through LIHEAP, the New Jersey Universal Service Fund (USF), and/or New Jersey Lifeline. Please visit cantaffordtopay for more information. 
  • Comcast is offering 2 months of free internet to new low-income customers who are approved by June 30, 2021. To sign up for this service, visit Internet Essentials or call 855-846-8376 (For English speakers) and 855-765-6995 (Para español). Additionally, households with outstanding debt owed to comcast may be eligible for Internet Essentials. Apply here: https://apply.internetessentials.com/ 
  • For a limited time, qualifying households with students or teachers can get free Spectrum Internet for 2 months. Available to new customers only. Call 866-991-6533. 
  • For households with school-age children who need internet connectivity for remote learning, there is a moratorium on shut-offs due to nonpayment through March 15, 2021. Click here for more information. 
  • As announced by Governor Murphy on October 15, no household may have its electricity, gas service, or water shut off for nonpayment through March 15, 2021. If there is any customer whose service has been shut off due to nonpayment during the pandemic, that service must be restored. Click here for more information. 
  • Free COVID-19 testing and testing-related services for those enrolled in the following healthcare programs: the state's individual, small and large group markets; the State Health Benefits and School Employee Health Benefits Plans; NJ FamilyCare; and the uninsured population eligible for Charity Care. The waiver includes: emergency room, urgent care, and office visits related to Coronavirus testing. For more information, visit the State of New Jersey website.
  • Free Covid-19 testing is also available to county residents 14 years or older and anyone employed as a first responder or health care worker in Mercer County, through the Covid-19 Test at Home Program. To register click here https://www.mercercares.org
  • The State is extending the health insurance enrollment period for uninsured residents to sign up for coverage through Get Covered New Jersey, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period extends through May 15, 2021. To get free help choosing a plan from a trained, certified assister, go to Find Local Assistance on the Get Covered New Jersey website. 
  • As of January 14, 2021 New Jersey has expanded COVID-19 Vaccination eligibility to include persons aged 65 and older, and persons aged 16-64 who have a chronic medical condition. Click here for more information. Make an appointment or pre-register through the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System here
  • Child care resources may be available to you.  If you are an essential employee or an income-eligible parent, you can get support for child care costs. Learn more here.
  • The motor vehicle commission encourages customers who are eligible to conduct online transactions, including license renewals, vehicle registrations, and change of address, to do so by visiting the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission