Sandy Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program (SHRAP)
The Sandy Homeowner/Renter Assistance Program is time-limited to six months of assistance per household. In order to be eligible for the program, an individual or family unit must:
Have financial distress directly related to housing which is a direct result of Superstorm Sandy;
Be a U.S. citizen or eligible alien;
Not currently be receiving Work First New Jersey (WFNJ) benefits or eligible for WFNJ/SSI Emergency Assistance; and
- Be legally or blood related if part of a household.
Assistance is available to help individuals/families with expenses for housing, current or past due utility payments and for the replacement of essential items such as furniture and appliances. To be eligible, the expense must be a direct result of the disaster.
Housing payments can be issued to meet a need for current or past due rent or mortgage. If a household needs assistance with ongoing housing expenses, the household must make a request with a new affidavit/worksheet every month to ensure that program funding remains available.
Prior to providing services, all eligibility factors (financial need, citizenship/alien status, need resulting from Sandy, not eligible for WFNJ/SSI EA and family relationship) must be verified. The primary method of verifying identity/residency is a NJ Driver’s License; however, verifications may include:
- A valid driver’s license or state-issued photo ID;
- A mortgage statement;
- A lease agreement;
- A utility bill;
- Birth certificate;
- An affidavit or statement regarding current living arrangements;
- Homeowner’s Insurance documents; or
- Proof of FEMA registration (if applicable).
- The social security number of the head of household is required.
Where to Apply:
You can apply for SHRAP benefits in the county in which you currently are residing; you do not have to file in the county where the damage was incurred.
Click here for a list of locations (PDF - as of 12/12/13)