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National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF)

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofit and For-Profit Developers to
Increase Affordable Housing for Families with Special Needs

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Grants to New Jersey nonprofit and for-profit developers to increase the availability of safe, affordable, and decent rental housing for extremely low-income families and individuals with special needs. Applicants must attend a webinar or workshop prior to applying. Funding may be used for project-related capital expenses, such as land acquisition, site preparation, construction materials, and additional fees.

Projects must provide housing to extremely low-income individuals, those earning 30% or less of the Area Median Income as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), and families with special needs. For a list of additional threshold requirements, see:

To further the State’s commitment to the development of affordable housing in areas of high opportunity, applications will receive points for projects based on the following geographic criteria:

  • Municipal unemployment rate
  • Municipal poverty level
  • Urban aid designation
  • Access to public transportation

DCA will award points to applications that describe a strong history of experience in serving the designated special needs population and provide social services plan and evidence that voluntary social services will be made available to tenants. The definition of special needs includes:

  • Heads of households with mental illness
  • Heads of households with physical or developmental disabilities
  • Heads of households who are victims of domestic violence
  • Youth aging out of foster care, runaway and homeless youth
  • Individuals and families who are homeless
  • Disabled and homeless veterans
  • Heads of households with HIV/AIDS
  • Head of households who are re-entering the community after incarceration in a correctional facility

For a list of eligible costs, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183312

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Award per application is $700,000.

Maximum per unit subsidy is capped as shown below:
-Studio: $175,000
-1-Bedroom: $250,000
-2-Bedroom: $300,000
-3-Bedroom: 350,000
-4 Bedroom: $400,000

Term of Contract:

Grantees have up to three (3) years from the Grant Award date to complete activities.

The grant period begins July 1, 2019. The grant period ends June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants consist of non-profit or for-profit affordable housing developers.

Applications will receive points for demonstrating ability to meet the following criteria:
- Applicant has experience in developing affordable housing
- Applicant has demonstrated financial ability to develop the project
- Applicant has experience with DCA programs
- Applicant has no loan findings or other outstanding issues with DCA or HUD
- Project timeline is feasible, and project will be completed within two years of award
- Project budget is feasible and reasonable

No project can contain more than 4 NHTF units. Projects must not be in a floodplain or environmentally sensitive area.

Ineligible Cost and Activities:
1) Project reserve accounts
2) Development, operations or modernization of public housing
3) Project or tenant based rental assistance
4) Payment of delinquent taxes, fees, fines or charges

Pre-proposal Conference:

Technical Assistance Meeting: Along with the information provided in the SAGE RFP, NJDCA will be hosting mandatory webinars/workshops for this program in the near future. DCA staff will also be available either by email or phone.

Pre-Application Information:

The closing date for applications is June 30, 2020.

National Housing Trust Fund staff encourages applicants to schedule a one-on-one technical assistance conference. Email James Lordi to schedule.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online through SAGE:

James Lordi
(609) 633-6046

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey

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