NJHMFA Shares New Affordable Housing Resources

COVID-19 Resources Connect Affordable Housing Owners and Resources

During the COVID-19 health pandemic, owners and managers of affordable housing are facing challenges.

They are working to ensure the containment of the coronavirus to prevent its spread. This involves the work of putting new protocols in place.

Owners and managers may have residents who are facing issues around food scarcity, feel isolated and lonely, and have needs around how to use technology in new ways to both shop and stay connected with friends and families.

Some owners and managers of affordable housing are responsible for properties that provide homes to New Jersey’s most vulnerable populations. Senior citizens, individuals with special needs, and individuals with underlying health conditions are at risk of serious complications from COVID-19.

The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) has compiled a list of resources that owners and managers of affordable housing and their staff may find helpful.  Many of these resources are listed below:

General Resources:
The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s “Questions and Answers for Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders Coronavirus (COVID-19)” on Emergency Preparedness and Resident Health – This document provides guidance and clarification of the University of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s policies, and does not have the force and effect of law except when based on statutory, regulatory, or other legally binding authority.

From the Office of U.S. Senator Cory Booker “A Coronavirus Guide for New Jerseyans”

The State of New Jersey’s COVID-19 Resources

Renter Resources:
Free counseling for renters is available. NJHMFA wants any residents concerned about making rent payments as a result of COVID-19 to know that it is now offering free housing counseling to renters. A list of HUD-certified housing counselors can be found here or visit njhousing.gov/foreclosure for more information.

Senior and Special Needs Populations Resources from DAS

The New Jersey Division on Aging Services (DoAS) is available to assist senior residents and managers and owners. Services are available to assist with wellness calls to residents. DoAS shares the following resources:

The 21 Area Agencies on Aging (by county) in New Jersey

DAS Program Guide

Additional Senior and Special Needs Population Resources:

Leading Age Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Guide for IDD/DD

Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey

Mental Health Resources: 
Social distancing be isolating and lonely. During this time, residents in affordable housing may want to speak to someone about their concerns and feelings. Medicare has expanded telehealth services to include allied health professionals such as therapists and social workers.

Medicare recipients may be eligible for telehealth services including phone consultation if they do not have access to technology.

You can find more information on other mental resources from the Mental Health Association of NJ on its website.  The toll-free number to call for the NJMentalHealthCares hotline is 1-866-202-HELP (4357). The hotline is open 7 days per week, 8am to 8pm.

Free Emotional Support Helpline for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals

Additional Assistance from NHMFA:
NJHMFA is available to assist affordable housing owners and managers with questions regarding the availability and coordination of services to ensure the emotional, physical and mental well-being of your residents.

If there are unmet needs at your property, please contact Maria DiMaggio, Social Services Administrator at mdimaggio@njhmfa.gov or Anne Hamlin, Director of Tax Credit Services at ahamlin@njhmfa.gov if there are unmet needs at your properties.