The Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program is part of the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).  Through EHV, HUD is providing 70,000 housing choice vouchers to local Public Housing authorities nationwide to assist families that are:

  • Homeless,

  • At risk of homelessness,

  • Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking, or

  • Were recently homeless or have a high risk of housing instability.


The Jersey City Housing Authority (JCHA) has received an allocation of 97 vouchers for Hudson County residents and will administer the program in collaboration with the Hudson County Alliance to End Homelessness (HCAEH).


EHV Program Referrals


All referrals to the JCHA’s EHV program must be made through HCAEH Hudson CASA Coordinated Entry Program, which provides centralized, focused access to homeless services for individuals and families throughout Hudson County. 

Referrals will be made based on the criteria below in the following order of prioritization:

  1. Literally homeless households

    1. A household is considered literally homeless if they are currently residing in one of the following locations:

    • Emergency Shelter Program

    • Transitional Housing Program

    • Place not meant for human habitation such as a park, train station, etc.

    • An institution where they have resided for 90 days or less and resided in one of the locations above immediately before entering the institution.                     

  2. Households fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking.                                                             

  3. Households who recently experienced homeless and for whom providing rental assistance will prevent the family’s homelessness or having high risk of housing instability                                                                                                                     

  4. Households at risk of homelessness

    • A household is considered at risk of homelessness if they are at risk of losing their primary night time residence and that: (i) Residence will be lost within 14 days of the date of application for assistance; (ii) No subsequent residence has been identified; and (iii) The individual or family lacks the resources or support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing                              

    • Types of residences include being asked to leave a residence where you have been staying with friends and/or family; situation where an eviction has been filed for your removal


Referrals made for households that meet the EHV Program’s first-priority category of “literally homeless households,” will be made based on the prioritization process outlined in the HCAEH Coordinated Entry Policies and Procedures. Referrals made for households that fall into other priority categories will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. The HCAEH Coordinated Entry program will seek to distribute EHV vouchers to households that meet the first-priority category, “literally homeless households,” before addressing other priority categories in order of ranking.  Applications and/or referrals for households in lower-ranked priority categories will only be accepted or processed once all households eligible for a higher-ranked priority have been addressed.


Additional Eligibility Requirements

In addition to meeting one of the priority categories above, the household must meet the following additional eligibility requirements:


  • The total household income must be less than or equal to the following guidelines:

If you feel that you meet one of the priority populations and eligibility requirements listed above, please use this link to add your household’s information to the prioritization list: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HudsonCountyEHVContactForm