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A program that helps landlords pay rent is under fire in New Jersey after landlords were told to stop giving tenants rent assistance.
New Jersey’s Rent Assistance program was originally established to help people find affordable apartments in New Brunswick.
But the state has been criticized for not making it easier for new landlords to locate tenants, a trend that’s been highlighted in other cities.
New York City’s Rent Help program helps renters find apartments in Manhattan.
The program is only open to people who are at least 21 years old and have lived in New Rochelle for at least six months.
Liz Smith-Rosenfeld with the New York City Rent Help organization said she was told that landlords could no longer provide rent assistance in the city.
“If they want to give rent assistance, then landlords can now provide it,” she said.
“And landlords who are providing it will receive the same benefit regardless of where they live.”
New York’s rent-stabilization program helps people who rent in Brooklyn get their rent reduced by up to 50 percent.
The state’s program is open to renters who are 21 and older.
But advocates say it is not for everyone.
Some landlords have complained that New York’s program makes it harder to find a place to live.
“I’m sure that they’re aware that it is something that’s difficult for people to do, because the housing market is a little different,” said Liz Smith-Reuvens with the Fair Housing Center.
The Fair Housing Program is a statewide coalition of groups that supports fair housing.
“We understand that there’s a real issue of people who live in poverty,” said Fair Housing Commissioner Richard Besser.
“It’s a very complicated situation.
It’s a difficult situation for the renters who need housing.”
Rent Assistance is not available in New Orleans, but Bessor says he’s looking into it.
“As we work with our partners to help them understand what the right options are for New Orleans and the city of New York, we’re going to be exploring whether there’s any way to make it easier to get help in New England and potentially to New York,” he said.