Murphy signs bill allocating $750 million for eviction prevention in New Jersey

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a $750 million measure that proponents say prevents evictions and helps New Jersey renters financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic pay their utility bills.

S-3691 allocates $500 million more for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP) and $250 million for utility assistance. The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will administer both programs.

“This bill is going to direct money to the people and programs that need it most,” Murphy said in an announcement. “Housing and access to utilities are fundamental to human health and safety and we want to ensure that as many eligible applicants impacted by the
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