WEST DEPTFORD — Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Deputy Speaker John J. Burzichelli, and Assemblywoman Celeste M. Riley are advising residents to take advantage of programs available to assist low and moderate income homeowners with emergency home repairs.
The Gloucester County Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program is administered by the Gloucester County Division of Housing and Community Development, and can assist with eligible improvements including plumbing, heating, electrical, roofs, walls, ceilings, steps, railings, wells, septic systems, weatherproofing, lead removal, and handicap accessibility.
“It is one of our primary responsibilities as legislators to make sure that our constituents know the ways in which they can seek assistance through various agencies and programs,” said Sweeney. “Many residents may not even be aware that there are programs intended to assist them with financing home repairs. It is for this reason that we have chosen to highlight these resources.”
“As always, it is critical that any resident who may be interested in these programs review the eligibility requirements very closely, in order to determine that they are indeed eligible,” noted Burzichelli. “These programs are subject to strict income eligibility requirements based on the number of people in the household, as well as other factors, including the nature of the repairs.”
“It is very important that residents continue to take proper care of their homes. However, especially in light of recent economic circumstances, it may be the case that for one reason or another, making the necessary repairs might be difficult to finance,” added Riley. “We are pleased to provide information on these programs as a way of letting constituents know that this assistance is available.”
For additional information on the Gloucester County Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Program, including applications and specific eligibility standards, residents can learn more by visiting http://www.co.gloucester.nj.us/depts/e/ed/hcdev/oorp.asp or by calling 856-384-6868, while information for Salem County residents can be found at http://www.salemcountynj.gov/?wpfb_dl=944. Residents of Salem and Cumberland Counties can also call 856-690-9590 for additional information.