Jersey City COVID-19 relief programs “won’t discriminate based on immigration status,” nor will they require background checks, according to Mayor Steven Fulop.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“As we set up our local relief programs our only criteria is based on who lives in #JerseyCity,” the mayor tweeted yesterday.
“We wonâ€™t discriminate based on immigration status, we wonâ€™t ask backgrounds, weâ€™re not interested in past legal issues – if u need help + youâ€™re in our city, then our mission is to help.”
Jersey City publicly announced they had started a local COVID-19 relief fund on April 10th, where they also revealed they had already gotten halfway to their three million dollar goal.
Then last week, Ward E Councilman James Solomon called for the effort to “dedicate significant resources” to protect low-income renters, regardless of immigration status, by providing rent relief.
Specifically, he asked for families that earn less than 50 percent of the average median income – who were left out of the federal stimulus bill – to merit top consideration.
Other programs launched in Jersey City to help alleviate the financial burdens caused by the coronavirus pandemic include havingÂ rent freezes in rent-controlled buildingsÂ and supporting small business by providing aÂ 100 percent match on state grants.