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HUD updates fair market rents; makes $3.1M available in affordable housing vouchers in New Jersey

Department increases Fair Market Rents by 12 percent on average across the U.S., releases vouchers to 36 states to help more families afford housing

NEW JERSEY– The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Friday announced two actions that together will enable more families to rent a healthy, stable home at an affordable cost: publishing Fair Market Rents (FMRs) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 and releasing an additional $113 million in Housing Choice Vouchers to public housing agencies to help 9,500 families to meet these growing costs.

In New Jersey, HUD increased FY24 fair market rents in all FMR areas, with some increasing up to nearly 20%. Click here to view the FY24 FMRs. HUD also provided $3,130,719 to six public housing agencies across the state. Below is an FMR chart with highlighted examples of the increases to the maximum rent levels for a two-bedroom (2 BDR) unit in each area.

Area Name
(2 BDR)
(2 BDR)
Dollar Change between FY23/24
(2 BDR)
Percent Change between FY23/24
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ HUD Metro FMR Area
Monmouth-Ocean, NJ HUD Metro FMR Area
Newark, NJ HUD Metro FMR Area
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD MSA
Trenton, NJ MSA
Jersey City, NJ HUD Metro FMR Area

“Housing choice vouchers are some of the strongest tools we have to help families find stable and affordable housing,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “This year, HUD found that rents rose once again, accentuating the strain on costs for American families. These updated Fair Market Rents and our funding will ensure households can utilize vouchers in a competitive rental market.”

“In New Jersey, where rents have significantly increased, more funding for high-performing housing authorities can make the difference between housing and homelessness,” said Alicka Ampry-Samuel, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey. “HUD continues to calculate Fair Market Rents using public and private sector data such as Zillow and Apartment List, making rent calculations realistic and benefitting a greater number of HUD-assisted households.”

First, the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) published Fair Market Rents (FMRs) for FY 2024, which helps to determine the maximum amount a Housing Choice Voucher will cover. Nationally, FMRs will increase by an average of approximately 12 percent, which will increase the number of units that families using housing vouchers can access.

“Increases in Fair Market Rents help families find homes of their choosing in competitive housing markets,” said Solomon Greene, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research. “This year we are continuing improvements we made last year to how we calculate Fair Market Rents to make sure they are keeping up with rising rents. We’ve already seen these improvements help more voucher holders find housing that is affordable, and we expect these new updates will help even more families.”

The Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) also announced an additional $113 million in Housing Choice Voucher funding awards for 118 high-performing public housing agencies in 36 states. These funds will enable these agencies to provide rental assistance to 9,500 additional households in the coming year.

“We want to make sure communities have the tools they need to help families lease homes,” said Richard J. Monocchio, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. “The additional funding we are awarding to housing authorities today helps these agencies that are already maximizing funds to house as many families as possible.

FAQs on the FY24 FMRs are available here.

The Housing Choice Voucher program enables families to afford rental units in the private market. Given recent rental cost increases, families who receive vouchers are experiencing greater difficulty successfully using their vouchers to find affordable, safe, and quality housing. The new FMR levels announced today – on top of an approximately 10 percent increase nationally in FY 2023 – will help the voucher program keep up with rent increases in the private market, expand the number of affordable units, and help more families rent homes at an affordable cost.

Housing Choice Vouchers are a key element of the Biden-Harris Administration’s strategy to reduce homelessness and provide American families with tangible resources to address rising living costs.  Since entering office, the Biden-Harris Administration has awarded more than 100,000 new housing vouchers to help more families afford a healthy, stable place to rent.

Here is a list of the eleven public housing agencies in New Jersey receiving additional Housing Choice Vouchers:

Recipient Name
Edison Housing Authority
Glassboro Housing Authority
Englewood Housing Authority
Borough Of Clementon Housing Authority
Penns Grove Housing Authority
Gloucester County Housing Authority

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