Although Gov. Phil Murphy has vetoed other appropriations, citing the state’s fiscal problems, state lawmakers are on the verge of approving $100 million for an emergency rental assistance program.
That would address an issue that predates the coronavirus but most certainly has gotten bigger.
Joel Cantor, director of the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, said the quality of a person’s home has a great deal to do with health and that about 1 in 10 New Jersey adults are considered “housing unstable.”
“We find that about 10% of people say that they either don’t have a steady place to live at the time of the survey or that they’re worried about losing it in the future,” Cantor said. “We also saw that housing quality problems are much more a topic among people feel that their housing situation is not stable.”