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Frequently Asked Questions:

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  • The right to live in decent, safe, and sanitary housing.
  • The right to have repairs performed in a timely manner, upon request, and to have a quality maintenance program run by the Housing Authority.
  • The right to be given reasonable notice, in writing, of any non-emergency inspection or other entry into their apartment.
  • The right to organize as residents without obstruction, harassment, or retaliation.
  • The right to post materials in common areas of their building informing other residents of their rights and of opportunities to involve themselves in resident/management matters.
  • The right, subject to applicable house rules, to use appropriate common space or meeting facilities to organize or to consider any issue affecting the condition or management of the property.
  • The right to be recognized by the Housing Authority as having a voice in residential community affairs.

[/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”What are my responsibilities as a public housing resident?”]Residents of public housing have certain responsibilities to ensure that the housing development in which they reside remains a suitable home for both them and their neighbors. Residents are responsible for:

  • Complying with the rules and guidelines that govern their dwelling lease.
  • Paying the correct amount of rent on a timely basis each month.
  • Providing accurate information to the Housing Authority at the certification or recertification interview to determine their eligibility for assistance, and consenting to the release of information by a third party to allow for verification.
  • Conducting themselves in a manner that will not disturb their neighbors.
  • Not engaging in criminal activity in the unit, common area, or grounds of their housing development.
  • Keeping their unit clean and not littering the grounds or common areas.
  • Disposing of garbage and waste in a proper manner.
  • Complying with local codes that affect the health or safety of the residence.
  • Maintaining their apartment and common areas in the same general physical condition as when they moved in.
  • Reporting any defects in building systems, fixtures, appliances, or other parts of the unit, the grounds, or related facilities to the Housing Authority’s management office.

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  • Bus transportation to the local Pathmark, Shop-Rite, Mill Creek Mall, etc. is provided with pick-up and drop-off at the three senior buildings (Cullum, Lawler, Terrace). In addition, scheduled van transportation for doctor’s appointments is available.

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[vc_accordion_tab title=”Are Meals on Wheels available?”]Yes, Meals on Wheelsare available.[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”Are there medical personnel on staff?”]There is a nurse on staff for consultation with residents. The nurse also does monthly blood pressure screenings.[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”Is there a nutritionist on staff?”]Yes, there is a nutritionist on staff for consultation with residents.[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”Is there a counselor on staff?”][/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”Yes, there is a counselor on staff who meets weekly with the children of Meadowview Village as part of the Drug Elimination Program.”][/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”Are children’s programs offered?”]There is a pre-school parent/child program for low-income residents.[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”How do I file a complaint/grievance?”]All public housing residents have the right to request an informal grievance hearing. Upon the filing of a written request, a resident shall be entitled to a hearing before a Hearing Officer. A resident may file a request for any dispute which a resident may have with respect to the Housing Authority’s action or failure to act in accordance with the individual resident’s lease or Authority regulations which adversely affect the individual resident’s rights, duties, welfare or status. See the Housing Authority’s Resident Grievance Procedure for details.[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”Are reasonable accommodations made for persons with disabilities?”]Sometimes people with disabilities may need a reasonable accommodation in order to take full advantage of the Housing Authority housing programs and related services. The Fair Housing definition of a person with disabilities is: “A person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment. (The disability may not be apparent to others, i.e. a heart condition.)”When such accommodations are granted, they do not confer special treatment or advantage for the person with the disability, rather, they make the program accessible to them in a way that would otherwise not be possible due to their disability.Because disabilities are not always apparent, the Housing Authority will ensure that all applicants/tenants are aware of the opportunity to request reasonable accommodations. Anyone requesting an application will also receive a Request for Reasonable Accommodation form. Notifications of reexamination, inspection, appointment, or eviction will include information about requesting a reasonable accommodation. Any notification requesting action by the tenant will include information about requesting a reasonable accommodation. All decisions granting or denying requests for reasonable accommodations will be in writing.[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”Are there tenant/resident groups I can join?”]Yes, there are organized groups in each development:

  • Meadowview Village: Meadowville Village Tenants Association
  • Lawler Towers: E. A. Lawler Towers Seniors, Inc
  • Terrace Apartments: Terrace Senior Citizens Tenants Association
  • Cullum Towers: Paul F. Cullum Tenant Association

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[vc_accordion_tab title=”What amenities are offered in Meadowview Village?”]Meadowview Village has a new community room located at 5826 Meadowview Avenue. “Mommy and Me” classes are offered in this Community Room, and free computer instruction and open labs will also be offered here in the future. Meadowview Village has a large playground as well as basketball courts.[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”What amenities are offered in Lawler Towers?”]Lawler Tower’s community room separates the towers and contains furniture, a pool table, a card table, shuffle board, and a television. The first floor in Tower A has a kitchen, laundry room, mail room, and public phone. The first floor in Tower B has a conference room, counseling offices, and a mail room. The second floor has a chapel and all purpose room (with sink, closet, and two rest rooms).[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”What amenities are offered in Terrace Apartments?”]Terrace Apartments have a community room located on the first floor of the apartment building. The first floor also has a chapel and storage room.[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”What amenities are offered in Cullum Towers?”]The basement level of Cullum Towers (which can be reached by elevator) includes a dental center and laundry room. The lower level has a community room, kitchen, storage room, and cloak room.[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”Are applications being accepted for low-income housing?”]The list for two- and three-bedroom apartments in low-income housing and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program are closed. Applications are not being accepted until further notice.[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”Where can I get an application?”]Details on Low-Income Housing Application, Senior Citizen Application, or Section 8 Voucher Program Rent Subsidy Application are available on our applications page. [/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”How do I know if I’m eligible for public housing?”]There are five eligibility requirements for admission to public housing: qualifies as a family, has an income within the income limits, meets citizenship/eligible immigrant criteria, provides documentation of Social Security numbers, and signs consent authorization documents. In addition to the eligibility criteria, families must also meet the Housing Authority’s screening criteria in order to be admitted to public housing. For more detailed information regarding eligibility, go to our eligibility page.[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”How does the Housing Authority select and assign tenants?”]The Housing Authority will select families based on the preferences.[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”Is there a waiting list for public housing? What happens if I’m put on the list?”]Yes, there is a waiting list.[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”What are rents based on?”]Rents are based on 30% of the annual gross income.[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”Are utilities included?”]All utilities are included except for a $4.00 per month/per utility charge for the following: air conditioners (all buildings), washing machines (low-income only), dryers (low-income only).[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”Are pets allowed?”]Pets are allowed with a $300.00 per pet security deposit.[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”What kind of background checks are done on applicants?”]All applicants are subject to a credit and criminal background check[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”Is a security deposit required?”]A one-month security equal to monthly rent is required unless the monthly rent is less than $100, in which case a $100 minimum security is required.[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”What if I move after I apply for housing?”]If you move after you apply for housing, you must notify the Housing Authority of your new address in order to be contacted.[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”Are directions to the Housing Authority available?”]Directions to the Housing Authority, as well as a map, are available here.Directions

The Housing Authority is located at 6121 Grand Avenue, Township of North Bergen, NJ 07047.

From Route 3 East

Get on service road at Secaucus and get off at North Bergen exit onto Patterson Plank Road. At third traffic light make a left onto Tonnelle Avenue (Route 1 & 9). At the fifth traffic light (there will be a Path Mark supermarket on the left) make a hairpin right turn onto Granton Avenue. Travel up the hill and stay in the right lane at the traffic light. Continue up the hill—there will be twin tower, orange-paneled buildings on hill on the left. This is the Housing Authority. Continue up hill and make a left onto Grand Avenue. We are located on the entry level at 6121 Grand Avenue.

From Route 46 East

Get off on Grand Avenue. At the light make a right and continue straight around the Ridgefield Circle. Still continuing straight, you will pass Boston Market, Shop-Rite supermarket, and Dunkin’ Donuts. Make a right turn at the first light after Dunkin’ Donuts (there will be a car wash on the left). Then make the first left turn and another left turn and you will be facing the road you were just on (jug handle). Go up the hill bearing off to the right—this is Granton Avenue. Stay in the right light at the traffic light. Continue up the hill—there will be twin tower, orange-paneled buildings on hill on the left. This is the Housing Authority. Continue up hill and make a left onto Grand Avenue. We are located on the entry level at 6121 Grand Avenue.

From Route 80 East

Get off on Route 46/Ridgefield Exit. Stay in right lane and follow signs for Route 46 East. From 46 East, get off on Grand Avenue. Make a right at light and continue straight around the Ridgefield Circle. Still continuing straight, you will pass Boston Market, Shop-Rite supermarket, and Dunkin’ Donuts. Make a right turn at the first light after Dunkin’ Donuts (there will be a car wash on the left). Then make the first left turn and another left turn and you will be facing the road you were just on (jug handle). Go up the hill bearing off to the right—this is Granton Avenue. Stay in the right light at the traffic light. Continue up the hill—there will be twin tower, orange-paneled buildings on hill on the left. This is the Housing Authority. Continue up hill and make a left onto Grand Avenue. We are located on the entry level at 6121 Grand Avenue.

From NJ Turnpike North

Get off at Exit 16E. Bear to the left for Secaucus after the toll booth. At the light make a right turn onto Patterson Plank Road. At the third traffic light make a left onto Tonnelle Avenue (Route 1 & 9). At the fifth traffic light (there will be a Path Mark supermarket on the left) make a hairpin right turn onto Granton Avenue. Travel up the hill and stay in the right lane at the traffic light. Continue up the hill—there will be twin tower, orange-paneled buildings on hill on the left. This is the Housing Authority. Continue up hill and make a left onto Grand Avenue. We are located on the entry level at 6121 Grand Avenue.[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”Who is eligible to apply for Senior Housing?”]To apply for Senior Housing you must be 62 years of age or older or on permanent disability.[/vc_accordion_tab]
[vc_accordion_tab title=”Are there services for non-English speaking applicants and residents?”]he Housing Authority will endeavor to have bilingual staff or access to people who speak languages other than English in order to assist non-English speaking families. The following languages shall be covered: Spanish, Italian.[/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row]