8-12: Summer Reading, Help for Landlords/Tenants, Census Workers Going Door-to-Door, Case Report

What Are You Reading This Summer?
Municipal Leaders Share Their Favorite Books

It’s important to keep an active, calm mind in times of heightened alerts, such as the current Covid-19 situation.  Pleasure reading is one way to take a mental break and get away from it all with whatever reading material engages you.  This summer we asked Montgomery Township officials and staff to share about any favorite books they were reading, in order to encourage our residents to pick up a book as time allows.  Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner, Committee member Catherine Gural, and Committee member Devra Keenan are among those who shared favorite reads. Go to this link to find out what’s on their book lists and why:

ACTIVE MIND PAGE, MONTGOMERYTOGETHER.US


 


Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program – Apply 8/19 to 8/26

New Jersey’s Small Landlord Emergency Grant (SLEG) Program can reimburse small residential rental property owners for lost rent revenue due to COVID-19 between April and July 2020. By passing the benefit on to their tenants and forgiving outstanding back rent and late fees, landlords will not only receive necessary funds to stay afloat, but will also continue to provide stable housing in what has become an unstable time.

The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency is proud to join the effort in providing much-needed relief to New Jerseyans who have felt the economic impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency. NJHMFA recognizes there is a long road ahead and is dedicated to maintaining housing stability and the health of our communities.

One-third of program funds will be reserved for applicants who are registered in DCA’s RIMS database as individual or family owners. Qualified applicants must meet the following specifications:

  • Owners with properties that have at least 3 but no more than 10 total housing units;
  • Owners with properties that are not seasonal or vacation rentals;
  • Properties must have current fire inspection certificates as of March 9, 2020;
  • Owners of properties with at least one non-vacant rental unit impacted by COVID-19 between April and July 2020; and
  • Owners with properties that have low- to moderate-income rent levels or rent based on up to 80% of the median area income.

Learn more https://njhousing.gov/rentals/sleg/

Please note that the SLEG application period begins August 19 and ends August 26.

HELP FOR TENANTS

If you are a tenant who has had difficulty making rent due to COVID-19-related circumstances, please tell your landlord about the above program.  Also, see our earlier article about Somerset County’s Emergency Rental Reimbursement Program for tenants, which can provide up to $3,000 or three month’s rental assistance since March:

https://montgomerytogether.us/cdbg-cv-emergency-rental-relief-err-program/


Census Taker Door-to-Door Visits Begin Nationwide

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau began following up with households nationwide that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. Up to 500,000 census takers across the country will go door to door to assist people in responding to the 2020 Census.  Montgomery Township’s current self-response rate is 78.4% overall so 21.4% of households may be receiving multiple visits. Thank you to those who have responded already. (see RESPONSE RATE MAP )

  • If a resident doesn’t want an in-person visit, they can simply fill out the census response at 2020census.gov
  • The census is ending a month early this year, at the end of September, so the activity over the next 6 weeks will be more intense.
  • The census includes no questions about citizenship or legal status of the residents. Census information is confidential by law for 72 years with significant fines and jail time for violations.  It’s 10 questions and takes 10 minutes to fill out.  There is a sample response form on the census website for residents to review.

What Households Can Expect from Census Workers

In most cases, census workers will make up to six attempts at each housing unit address to count possible residents. This includes leaving notification of the attempted visit on the door. The notification will include reminder information on how to respond online, by paper or by phone. In addition, census workers may try to reach the household by phone to conduct the interview.

Census takers will go to great lengths to ensure that no one is missed in the census. After exhausting their efforts to do an in-person interview with a resident of an occupied housing unit, they will seek out proxy sources — a neighbor, a rental agent, a building manager or some other knowledgeable person familiar with the housing unit — to obtain as much basic information about the occupants as they can.

Census takers are hired from local communities. All census takers speak English, and many are bilingual. If a census taker does not speak the householder’s language, the household may request a return visit from a census taker who does. Census takers will also have materials on hand to help identify the household’s language.

How to Identify Census Takers

Census takers can be easily identified by a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge. To confirm a census taker’s identity, the public may contact their regional census center to speak with a Census Bureau representative.

… Read Full Census Press Release


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There has been one (1) new case in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Monday, 8-10-20.Montgomery Twp Public Health Shield

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 8/12

NJ cases: 185,938
NJ deaths: 15,875
Somerset County cases: 5,275
Somerset County deaths: 564
Montgomery cases:  136
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 7
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

13        <20
18        20-29
19        30-39
22        40-49
26        50-59
19        60-69
6        70-79
20        80+

143 confirmed and probably cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 133 presumed recovered a

–     3 currently ill

–     7 fatalities

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

For further statistics, go to the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

*****DISCLAIMER***** Reported numbers on this page may not match the figures provided on the Somerset County page.  This is due to differences in reporting times.

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/