Ashley Balcerzak, North Jersey News

Ashley Balcerzak

North Jersey News

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Past articles by Ashley:

Still hurting from Ida? Here are new NJ homeowner, renter programs to apply for

New Jersey renters and homeowners impacted by the remnants of Hurricane Ida can apply to two new programs launched Monday. → Read More

Still hurting from Ida? Here are new NJ homeowner, renter programs to apply for

New Jersey renters and homeowners impacted by the remnants of Hurricane Ida can apply to two new programs launched Monday. → Read More

Bomani Africa, hitman in NJ murder-for-hire case, writes of his gang life in Paterson

Bomani Africa was sentenced in Connecticut to 10 years in prison for armed bank robberies in 2014. Court documents include his written autobiography. → Read More

NJ landlords under investigation for housing discrimination in five counties

New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination prohibits property owners from turning down applicants based on how they would pay their rent. → Read More

NJ public housing secures $94 million for fixes. That's not nearly enough, advocates say

Public housing in more than 50 New Jersey towns could see repairs and upgrades to affordable apartments with $93.8 million in federal funding. → Read More

Feeling financially vulnerable? These North Jersey nonprofits teach financial literacy

To help people learn how to save, invest and build credit, nonprofits in Hackensack and Paterson are receiving a slice of a $1.8 million grant. → Read More

NJ expanding ARRIVE Together program, which changes how police interact with mentally ill

The new program pairs police with mental health experts on some 911 calls. It could be a national model to improve community trust of police. → Read More

141,000 applied for the NJ Section 8 voucher waitlist. There were only 20,000 spots

The program limits what low-income families must spend on housing to a third of their paychecks. Once on a list, it can take years to get a voucher. → Read More

NJ families behind on water bills can't get help because utilities won't take federal aid

About 144,000 NJ families are behind by $44.5 million on water and sewer bills, but fewer than 2,000 have received aid through a federal program. → Read More

Surveyors comb Bergen's hidden spaces to count homeless people, finding familiar faces

The annual count, held nationwide, determines how much money the federal government will give communities to address housing insecurity. → Read More

Need help recovering from Ida? NJ launches programs for homeowners, renters, neighborhoods

New Jersey homeowners, renters and communities struggling from the impacts of Hurricane Ida may be able to apply to new programs this March. → Read More

NJ Section 8 housing voucher waitlist to reopen next week. Here's how to apply

New Jersey is opening its statewide waitlist next Tuesday for Section 8 vouchers, a federally funded housing program. → Read More

Major upgrades help tenants and landlords alike in New Jersey's busiest eviction court

Essex County alternated between two weeks of eviction court in-person and online. All counties are expected to hold in-person eviction sessions soon. → Read More

NJ continues to see backlog in eviction cases, but there are improvements

Essex County leads the state with the largest backlog of eviction cases to sift through, but changes are making the process better. → Read More

Code Blue helps NJ homeless when temps drop, but some still get left out in the cold

Services meant to shelter people experiencing homelessness in cold weather don't always work as intended. → Read More

Why is NJ denying so many applications for COVID homeowner assistance?

New Jersey has given out less than 4% of federal funds set aside to cover mortgage payments, property taxes and other housing costs. → Read More

Former top aide to NJ Senate leader pleads guilty to tax evasion and wire fraud conspiracy

Tony Teixeira conspired with Sean Caddle, the man at center of a murder-for-hire plot, to falsely inflate the invoices to various campaigns. → Read More

More than 68,000 low income NJ families will get $500 this month as part of stimulus aid

Those getting a check in the mail would not have been eligible for federal stimulus help and filed 2021 taxes with an individual taxpayer ID number → Read More

NJ gets $51 million more in federal aid for people on rent relief waitlist

The state estimates that the extra money will help over 4,100 families with housing assistance, through unused funds pulled from other states. → Read More

NJ midterms: Democrats top Republicans in fundraising, but super PACs are wild card

Even though Democrats outraised Republicans in the final stretch of the midterms, the campaign cash race for Congress isn't as clear cut as it seems. → Read More