Protecting affordable housing impacts the quality of our community

We believe that housing is a human right.
Our programs promote and preserve affordable housing through direct service, community organizing, and policy advocacy. Morris Canal is a United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) certified counseling agency providing pre-purchase and post-purchase counseling services.

Our services aimed at promoting housing stability include:

  • First-time Homebuyer Program—Purchasing a home is typically the biggest investment a family makes. We provide first-time homebuyers with education and confidential counseling to help them make informed decisions and ensure access to available resources, for example, down payment and closing cost assistance.
  • Foreclosure Prevention Program—Foreclosure rates have been steadily rising in specific wards of Jersey City. Believing that knowledge is power, we work to fight this crisis through foreclosure prevention counseling. Clients can access support preventively, and at various stages of the process, to reduce the financial burden of homeownership (e.g., through loan modifications, state and city programs, and foundation grants).
  • Tenant Advocacy Program—We work to educate residents on their rental housing rights and responsibilities and help prevent them from falling victim to illegal eviction tactics and other forms of harassment and discrimination. We promote tenants’ rights through tenant organizing, counseling, and affordable housing assistance.

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