Affordable Housing in New Jersey
Welcome to the New Jersey Money Follows the Person (MFP)/I Choose Home NJ Housing Resource page. New Jersey offers many resources to help you find affordable, accessible, safe housing.
Most housing experts agree that a person should pay no more than 30% of their income towards housing. In New Jersey, housing assistance comes in many different forms, including subsidized and affordable housing.
NJ also has voucher programs that provide a subsidy to help an individual pay towards rent in any apartment that meets the program’s qualifications of being safe and affordable. Common voucher programs include Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8), VASH (veterans), NED (non-elderly-disabled), NED-2 (non-elderly disabled transitioning from an institution) and SRAP (state rental assistance program).
In New Jersey, subsidized and affordable housing and voucher programs may have a wait list. Ask if the wait list has preferences (for age, disability, etc.) to see if you may be placed higher on the list. Get on the list! - the sooner you apply, the sooner you will move to the top.
How to Find Affordable Housing in NJ (Great Resources!)
To get started, please review our Housing Search Quick Reference Guide. This explains in detail what you will need to do to begin your housing search, including gathering required documents and identifying people who can help you. View the Guide here.
Our ICHNJ Available Housing List is a list of available housing options by county, maintained by our ICHNJ Housing Specialist. We do our best to make sure it is up-to-date, but please know that housing opportunities constantly change. View the list here.
New Jersey Housing Resource Center is a housing locator with a wealth of information about specific housing opportunities, including bedroom size and number, rent, accessible features, age restrictions, and budgeting assistance. They also have connections to housing programs in your area. Visit them online at www.njhrc.gov or call them at: 1-877-428-8844.
New Jersey 211 provides assistance 24 hours a day to help individuals locate available services in NJ. In addition to helping people address basic needs such as food, childcare, utilities, emergency preparedness, etc., they can also help identify housing and/or connect you with an agency that can help locate housing.
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (State Housing Authority):
Guide to Affordable Housing by County:
HUD: US Department of Housing & Urban Development (Rent Information):
Public Housing Authorities for Section 8 and Public Housing:
NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) (for help with mortgages and housing resources):
New Jersey’s Aging & Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
New Jersey Helps
Piazza & Associates
Credit Information / Credit Repair
Free Legal Advice
Have questions or still don’t know where to go?
Email us or call I Choose Home NJ at 1-855-466-3005 / 1-855-HOME-005