Atlantic City, NJ
Atlantic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Atlantic City 1-6-1988 by Ord. No. 128-1987; amended in its entirety 11-6-1991 by Ord. No. 81-1991. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Housing Authority — See Ch. 32.
Landlord-Tenant Affairs Board — See Ch. 41.
Unfit buildings — See Ch. 108.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 111.
Heat and heating equipment — See Ch. 147.
Public health nuisances — See Ch. 190.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 207.

§ 118-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DISPLACED PERSON
Any person lawfully residing in any residential structure within the city who is made homeless as a result of any action by the city in condemning said structure as being unsafe or unfit for human habitation, or any person lawfully residing in any residential structure who is made homeless as a result of fire, not caused by the willful or wanton conduct of said person.
DORMITORY EMERGENCY SHELTER
Any emergency shelter provided by the city, in which individuals are not housed in separate dwelling units for each individual or family unit, but are housed in group facilities, where individuals may be separated only by sex, with young children being permitted to reside with their parent regardless of sex.
INDIVIDUAL EMERGENCY SHELTER
Any emergency shelter provided by the city, in which individuals or families are housed in separate dwelling units for each individual or family unit.
RENTAL UNIT
The dwelling unit from which the person was displaced.
[Added 9-2-1992 by Ord. No. 85-1992]

§ 118-2 Time-limited individual emergency shelter.

[Amended 9-2-1992 by Ord. No. 85-1992]
Individual emergency shelter may be obtained by displaced persons for a period not to exceed 60 days, provided that any such displaced person is not entitled to or eligible to receive temporary emergency shelter from any agency of any county, state or other governmental agency other than the city. If it is determined that any displaced individual is entitled to or eligible to receive temporary emergency shelter from any such agency, any such individual shall be promptly referred to the appropriate county, state or other governmental agency responsible for that individual with emergency shelter. In special hardship circumstances where it is found that a displaced person has been unable, despite his or her best efforts, to obtain alternative housing within 60 days, the Business Administrator or his designee shall be permitted to authorize individual emergency shelter for another 10 days, with two possible renewals, for a total of 30 days. For each ten-day renewal, the displaced person must continue to show that his or her best efforts were expended, and that their portion of the rent has been paid.

§ 118-3 Dormitory emergency shelter.

[Amended 9-2-1992 by Ord. No. 85-1992]
Dormitory emergency shelter may be obtained by any displaced person who has received the maximum amount of individual emergency shelter permitted by this chapter and who, despite diligent efforts, has been unable to obtain alternative shelter during that time period.

§ 118-4 Disclosure required within five days.

[Amended 9-2-1992 by Ord. No. 85-1992]
No displaced person shall be eligible for either individual emergency shelter or dormitory shelter unless he or she has made full disclosure, within five days of displacement, of the name and address of his or her landlord, the amount of rental paid to his or her landlord and the time periods of payment (monthly, weekly), the name and address of his employer and any and all other providers of support or entitlements, on a form provided by the Business Administrator or his designee.

§ 118-5 Reimbursement.

[Amended 9-2-1992 by Ord. No. 85-1992]
The obligation of tenant to pay rent, and obligation of city to provide certain benefits shall be as follows:
A. 
Any displaced person residing in an individual emergency shelter or dormitory shelter shall not be obligated to pay or reimburse the City of Atlantic City for any shelter received during the first 28 days. Any displaced person residing in any individual emergency shelter or dormitory shelter for more than 28 days shall be obligated to pay directly to the owner of the shelter a sum equal to the rent paid by the displaced person prior to the emergency which caused his or her displacement. The amount to be paid shall be confirmed by the Business Administrator or his designee. Said payments shall be due on the 29th day any person resides in a temporary emergency shelter, but shall not exceed the actual cost of the rent or cost of the temporary shelter.
B. 
Any person who fails to make payment to the owner of the shelter of a sum equal to the rent he or she paid for rent prior to the emergency when due shall no longer be eligible for either individual emergency shelter or dormitory shelter from the city.
C. 
If the cost for the temporary shelter exceeds the amount of the rent previously paid by the tenant before the emergency, then the city shall pay the difference between the rent for the rental unit and the cost of the temporary shelter, but in no circumstance shall the city be obligated to pay more than $75 per week for each unit occupied by the tenant and his or her family while in a temporary shelter.
D. 
The Business Administrator or his designee shall provide a list of possible emergency shelters to the displaced person at the time of the emergency, if possible, or at the time of disclosure.
E. 
The city shall pay the owner of the temporary shelter selected by the tenant for the first 28 days. Thereafter, the tenant shall pay the full amount due directly to the landlord. If the tenant is entitled to a subsidy under Subsection A of this section, the subsidy shall be paid directly to the tenant.