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Comprehensive Eviction Defense & Diversion Program

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The Comprehensive Eviction Defense & Diversion Program (CEDD) is a grant program we administer under the direction of our friends at the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Housing Unit.


The purpose of the CEDD program is to connect with individuals and families that are at-risk for eviction, and provide wraparound services in partnership with Legal Services in order to assist households throughout the eviction process with the goal of preventing eviction. 

Services provided through CEDD program

  • Case management

  • Landlord/tenant mediation

  • Financial assistance to be used towards owed rent

  • Linkages and access to other social service supports

  • FPWC staff attendance at court proceedings with tenants, and liasing with court staff and other agencies on behalf of the tenant

Target Populations

  • Households/individuals at-risk of eviction

  • In the county of Warren

  • Gross monthly income is at or below 80% area median income

  • Eligible tenants may include

    • Tenants renting with a written lease​

    • Hotel/motel residents (who would otherwise be protected under NJ's Anti-Eviction Act) tenants

    • Without written leases, sublease tenants, undocumented or under documents tenants, voucher program recipients, housing authority tenants


Level of Assistance

  • Rental Arrears — Along with back rent, CEDD funding can be used for reasonable court fees, legal fees, and other late fees..

  • Rehousing (if applicant was recently evicted, or assistance with rental arrears is not feasible): Security deposit of up to 1 1/2 months rent and one forward month's rent.

  • The applicant cannot be assisted with both back rent and rehousing to a new unit.

  • Mortgage costs or other expenses needed by homeowners for fees, taxes, or other costs of refinancing a mortgage are ineligible


Current Agency Partnerships

  • Legal Services of Northwest NJ

  • Catholic Charities

  • Warren County Social Services

  • Warren County Division on Disabiltiy and Aging

  • Easterseals

  • Center for Family Services (formerly Family Guidance Center)


  • Warren County Housing


  • Project Self-Sufficiency

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