Struggling Renters Find Relief

The Two River Times The COVID-19 pandemic has caused financial hardship for many vulnerable residents. Now Monmouth County has announced that, with the support of local community-based nonprofits, millions in federal funding has been leveraged to help those struggling remain in their homes.   Last year the county distributed a little over $13.3 million to 1,362 households impacted by COVID-19 from the $18.4 million in federal emergency rental assistance (ERA1) received from the U.S Treasury Department’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). This first round of funding covers the period between May 13 andNov. 30, 2021.  The county announced Dec. 30…
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After overcoming challenges in 2021, how Monmouth County, NJ can thrive in 2022

92.7 WOBM When you compare 2021 to 2020, there are similarities but a lot more differences which is something more palatable health wise and financially. For 2021, things improved in many ways on many things for most of the year. In Monmouth County, there were many challenges that had to be tackled so things could get better mainly with the Covid-19 pandemic. "A lot of our activity was related to how we we're going to help people through this virus, not only with their health but with their financial stability, their jobs searches -- on and on -- how are…
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Monmouth County Hosting Emergency Rental Assistance Week Pop-Up Sites

WRAT 95.9 Monmouth County will be sponsoring emergency rental assistance pop-up sites throughout the County during Emergency Rental Assistance Week which takes place from Dec. 11-17... “Our ERAP program continues to adapt to serve the needs of our residents,” said Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone. “In recognition of Emergency Rental Assistance Week, Monmouth County has partnered with the Monmouth ACTS Community Engagement Network to bring our ERAP program into the communities where residents can learn more about this service.” Read more here.
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Emergency Rental Assistance Week Pop-up Sites throughout the County

Atlantic Highlands Herald Monmouth County will be sponsoring emergency rental assistance pop-up sites throughout the County during Emergency Rental Assistance Week which takes place from Dec. 11-17. Representatives from the Monmouth County Department of Human Services and several Community-Based organizations (CBOs) will be on-site at several convenient locations throughout the week to take Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) applications and provide information about other resources available. Read more.
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Utility Bill Assistance Available through County Partnership with NJ SHARES

Atlantic Highlands Herald Monmouth County has partnered with New Jersey SHARES to offer utility assistance to income-eligible tenants with up to 18 months of utility arrearages resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic through the Monmouth County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)... “The County and its partners continue to work tirelessly to help identify potential applicants for the Monmouth County ERAP program and assist them with the application process,” said Commissioner Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley. “If you or someone you know is in need of emergency rental assistance, please visit www.monmouthcountyerap.com or call (848) 801-1297 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or…
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Monmouth County commissioner election focuses on COVID-19, spending and raises

Asbury Park Press Leading the county through COVID-19 and efficiently spending taxpayer money have been among the top issues for candidates vying to be a Monmouth County commissioner.  Incumbent Commissioner Sue Kiley, a Republican, faces Democratic challenger Mike Beson for the next three-year term on the Monmouth County Board of Commissioners...  Kiley said she has been proud of the commissioners' work through the pandemic, including the work done by Monmouth County ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services), which was established before the pandemic to unite local nonprofits to better serve the community. Monmouth County ACTS was used to help link residents with financial…
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Assistance Available for Those Impacted by Tropical Storm Ida

Atlantic Highlands Herald The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners are advising residents and business owners that assistance is available for those who have incurred damages due to Tropical Storm Ida. “Tropical Storm Ida impacted residents across the State and County. Residents who would like to report damages can go to nj.gov/ida which will help local, state and federal entities determine the effects from Tropical Storm Ida,” said Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone. “Be sure to keep all of your receipts relating to any storm damage and clean-up for your records.” “Residents can also visit the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) website…
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Find breastfeeding resources at these free August events hosted by Monmouth group

Asbury Park Press August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services) — a public-private partnership initiated by the Monmouth County Commissioners to better serve residents — is sponsoring several events. “I’m excited to see Monmouth County government and community agency partners work together ... to host workshops on this important topic,” says Monmouth County Commissioner Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley. “These (events), called ‘You Can Be A Breastfeeding Champion,’ will highlight mothers who are breastfeeding now or have in the past, feature lactation consultants and counselors, and ... allow attendees to ask questions and hear testimonies from local breastfeeding mothers."…
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Monmouth COVID-19 cases rise, but vaccines, testing and money are available

Asbury Park Press Monmouth County has vaccinations, testing and economic assistance ready for residents as the county is once again seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, county commissioners said... So far, Monmouth County had delivered $600,000 in rental assistance, with another $543,000 about to be dispersed to approved applicants. More than 600 tenants and 105 landlords have applied for the aid, while the county is still processing more than 400 applications. Monmouth County ACTS, public-private partnership that links county and nonprofit resources under one umbrella, also offers programs for people who may need assistance.  Read more here.
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County Commissioners Give Update on COVID-19 Cases, Vaccinations and Upcoming Testing

The Journal NJ The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and resources available to Monmouth County residents and visitors at a press conference on Thursday, Aug. 5. "Monmouth County is one of the highest vaccinated counties in the state. More than half the towns in our County have 70 percent or more of their population vaccinated. We are also reporting every town in the County has at least half their population vaccinated," said Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone. "As of today, the county has administered over 84,000 vaccines since it became available, and…
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