Bergen County NJ home repairs help offered amid COVID

Jerome Powell

HACKENSACK — Some Bergen County residents who were adversely affected by the pandemic can apply for up to $10,000 for home repairs through Greater Bergen Community Action. 

The Emergency Housing Rehabilitation Assistance Program will help residents make critical home repairs that affect the health and safety of residents in qualifying households. 

Through COVID-related funding, there is $200,000 available for such projects, said Mike Lamendola, Greater Bergen’s director of new program development. Ideally, the organization would like to see at least 20 applicants receive funding. Lamendola said there could be more, depending on the projects and costs. 

“So many Bergen County residents had to defer essential home repairs due to the financial impacts they experienced during the pandemic,” Lamendola said. “This program strives to offer relief so that these families continue to have a safe roof over their heads.”

Money can go toward improvements to broken or aging roofing systems, leaders and gutters, driveways, steps, sidewalks, electrical systems, plumbing systems, heating and air conditioning systems, windows and doors, exterior siding or decking. It can also pay to repair water-damaged interiors. 

Home projects that are eligible include new roofs, heating system repairs and repairs of water damage.

The application period will be open for the remainder of 2021 and end when the funding is exhausted. 

Money will be paid directly to the home-improvement contractor performing the work, with the applicant contributing any costs over the eligible amount to complete the project. Supplemental funds will be made available through a low-interest fixed-rate loan underwritten by 1st Bergen Federal Credit Union, if needed.

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