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Housing Insecurity Resources

Each year, thousands of youth experience homelessness and many others are faced with food insecurity while on campus. These conditions can prevent students from accessing higher education, cause disruption to higher education (such as dropping out), and can cause students to experience mental and physical stress, depression, and anxiety.

If you are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity, please email or check out the resources below that aid those experiencing homelessness and wish to achieve a higher education successfully


New Jersey Basic Needs Resource Hub: BasicNeeds.NJ.Gov is a resource hub designed to make it easier for college students and adult learners in New Jersey to secure their basic needs including food, housing and shelter, childcare, and transportation.

New Jersey Housing Resource Center (NJHRC): The NJHRC is a statewide, online database of affordable and accessible housing units in your area. The registry includes both rental and for-sale units that are available. 

Call: 1-800-428-8844

Adolescent Housing Hub (AHH): The AHH program is managed by the Office of Adolescent Services under the Department of Children and Families and is designed to assist youth with placement in a transitional or permanent housing program. Services are available to eligible homeless youth, youth at risk for homelessness, and youth aging out of the child welfare system, ages 18 – 21 years. Contact PerformCare to find out about housing and support.

Call: 1-877-652-7624

Section 8 Housing Voucher: The Section 8 Housing Voucher Program assists in making private rental housing affordable for low-income families through direct rent subsidy payments to landlords. The program is available to residents of all New Jersey counties and is administered throughout the State by a number of municipal and county authorities.

  • Bergen Office: 100 First Street, Suite 207 (1st floor), Hackensack, NJ 07601, call (201) 996-8990
  • Passaic Office: 100 Hamilton Plaza, Suite 600 (6th floor), Paterson, NJ 07505, call (973) 225-7416
  • Hudson Office: 438 Summit Avenue, (3rd floor), Jersey City, NJ 07306, call (201) 217-7256

The Housing and Community Development Network of NJ has a housing resource hotline and website with the latest updates on eviction protections currently available. Call 888-691-3002

Bergen County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

To apply for rental assistance, click the link above and complete the application or call 201-336-6013 option 8.

ERAP Qualifications

  • Tenants must be Bergen County Residents
  • Tenants must make less than 80% of the Average Median Income of Bergen County (For 1 person–$57,700; for 2 people–$65,950; for 3 people–$74,200) Income limits may vary depending on for which years assistance is sought
  • Experienced a loss of income or financial burden due to COVID since March 202