This page was last updated February 8, 2022.

COVID-19 Housing & Financial Assistance

Are you having trouble paying your rent or making mortgage payments? You’re not alone, especially due to the many challenges as a result of the pandemic. La Casa de Don Pedro is here to help you get back on track!

As a HUD Certified Housing Counseling agency, our housing counselors have completed rigorous trainings and examinations and are certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to be experts in the field. We are also a charter member of NeighborWorks America, a national network of community development organizations. All housing counseling services are free!

Contact us at or 973-485-0701 for more information.

Services Offered

Rental Assistance

Mortgage Assistance

Financial Counseling

Emergency Rental Assistance

Are you having trouble paying rent due to financial strains caused by the pandemic?

Are you worried about being evicted? There are programs that can help you. But you must take action fast! 

State of New Jersey Emergency Rental Assistance Program

To get help and avoid eviction, you must complete a Self-Certification form online with the State of NJ’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP).  Once you complete the form, you may qualify for county or state financial assistance if your income is 80% or below the Area Median Income when available.

You may be protected from eviction IF AND ONLY IF you apply through the “self-certification” process.

Questions? We are here to help! Contact us at or 973-624-42222. You can also visit us at 317 Roseville Avenue between 10am and 4pm.

Essex County, New Jersey Rental Assistance Program

Are you an Essex County resident? Register online and complete the County application to see if you quality for assistance provided by the County of Essex. We can help you with the application. Contact us at or 973-485-0701.

La Casa de Don Pedro’s COVID-19 Back Rental Assistance Program

La Casa provides rental assistance for families who are facing eviction due to back-rent owed because of the impact of COVID-19 for qualified households! Please call 973-485-0701 or email us at for more info and to apply.

The City of Newark’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Update: The City of Newark’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program is currently closed. Stay tuned for updates.

Mortgage Assistance

The State of New Jersey New Jersey’s Emergency Rescue Mortgage Assistance (ERMA) program provides financial assistance for eligible homeowners who have experienced a significant decrease of income or increase of expenses due to COVID-19 and have been unable to remain current with their mortgage payments

The application process is as follows:  The homeowner must pass the pre-screening questionnaire, Create an account, Complete the online Application and provide documents, sign and submit the application and wait to receive application updates on their account dashboard.

We are here to help you apply! Contact us at or 973-485-0701.

Financial Assistance

Excluded New Jerseyans Fund

If you didn’t receive an economic stimulus payment but still need financial assistance, ENJF may be for you!

What is the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund (ENJF)? 

The ENJF provides a one-time, direct cash benefit to eligible households who have suffered an economic hardship due to COVID-19 and were excluded from both the federal stimulus checks and COVID related unemployment assistance — including undocumented individuals, residents re-entering from the justice system, and any other individuals otherwise excluded.

Eligible households will receive a benefit of up to $1,000 per eligible individuals and a max of $2,000 per household. Households with incomes up to $55,000 a year with documented hardship or lost income due to COVID-19 can apply for assistance. 

Applications for this program are now open. They will be processed in the order they are received and until funds are exhausted.

Required Documents

Documentos Requeridos


Small businesses were hit particularly hard by the COVID pandemic and many are still struggling. If you own a small business and are in need of financial assistance, there are still resources available to you via the US Small Business Administration (SBA).