Rental Assistance

The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program offered through the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will provide temporary rental assistance to low- and moderate-income households that have had a substantial reduction in income or became unemployed due the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applicants may be eligible for a maximum of up to six months of emergency rental assistance. The assistance will be capped at DCA’s fair market rent standard or the total of the rent, whichever is less. All participants will be reviewed at the three-month interval to see if they are still in need of assistance.

Applicants must meet all applicable COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program income and eligibility requirements. You must be 18 years of age or older to apply or be an emancipated minor. Only one pre-application per household will be accepted. All participants will be selected through an online lottery process.

The enrollment period is Monday, July 6, at 9 a.m. until Friday, July 10, at 5 p.m. For more information on the program and how to apply, visit www.nj.gov.

Art Auction

The Trenton Community A-Team (TCAT) artists are going on-line with their first fine art auction through Wednesday, July 8, at www.32auctions.com/TCAT. There you can find the art you love and help a low-income Trenton artist make up some of his or her lost income. You can also find information on the artist and how TCAT, located at 51 North Stockton Street in Trenton, is building both self-esteem for our artists and enhancing the Trenton community.

TCAT supports, develops, and promotes the art produced by self-taught, Trenton artists because art is transformative: it reframes the artist’s connectedness to self and others while enhancing the community. While TCAT normally present artists’ works at local venues, the pandemic has now encouraged them to move to the web with this auction and direct internet sales.

Purchases of artwork are tax deductible. 30 percent of the sales value, your donation, goes to our 501c(3) non-profit for supplies, rent and other expenses; 70 percent goes directly to the artists.

Jobs for Teens

Princeton Human Services is opening up the application process for its annual Summer Youth Employment Program. This program has been a gateway for youth into the adult world of work and has provided numerous working opportunities to youth in Princeton. The program will be a virtual Entrepreneurship Development Program that will allow students to create and develop their business plans over the course of eight weeks.

Participants must live in Princeton or attend a Princeton school, must be between the ages of 14 and 18 as of July 13, and their family income must not exceed 400 percent of the 2019 US federal poverty level. Students will participate virtually for a minimum of 15 hours per week and earn minimum wage ($10.30/hour) for eight weeks during the summer. All applicants who submit their completed working papers by Friday, July 3, will receive a $50 bonus.

Applications are available online at www.princetonnj.gov/departments/humavn-services. The application deadline is Friday, July 3. For questions, call 609-688-2055 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or send an e-mail to murias@princetonnj.gov.

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