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The County of Somerset is committed to excellence and innovation in public service, promoting the well-being of all residents and communities by providing effective, efficient, and responsive leadership.
Federal grants are awarded to Somerset County from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Theses grant funds must be used toward non-profit and municipally-sponsored construction and housing projects and human service programs that principally benefit low and moderate income families or individuals. Community Development currently manages the competitive application process, ensures that grant funds are spent in compliance with federal regulations, and manages the reimbursement process along with all data and other reporting requirements. Community Development currently also manages a Rental Assistance program for Somerset County residents. This program provides up to fifteen months of rental assistance and case management. The goal of the program is to help clients become aware of and access resources to help increase one’s chances to maintain permanent housing WITHIN SOMERSET COUNTY. The criteria to be eligible for the program is at least one adult in the household must be employed, working at least 30 hours per week, have a 12 month lease in Somerset County and cannot be behind on their arrears.Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they will be able to afford their housing without rental assistance within fifteen months, complete a monthly household budget and maintain monthly contact with a Case Manager.