Housing Department

2nd floor
Phone: 973-470-5849
Fax: 973-471-1837
Mon. 8:15 am - 7:30 pm
Tues. – Fri. 8:15 am - 4:15 pm

Director: Daniel Howell 

The Housing Department, located on the second floor of City Hall, provides a wide range of services. These services include: housing and property maintenance code enforcement for both residential and commercial properties, investigation of illegal housing, zoning code enforcement, Section 8 Rental Assistance, The Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) and the Clifton Home Improvement Program (CHIP).

The Clifton housing code sets standards for property maintenance and occupancy. Typical code violations include high grass, peeling paint, overcrowding, sleeping in basements, or any other property maintenance issues that would constitute a blighting effect upon neighboring properties.

The areas of the zoning code enforced by the Housing Department include illegal signs, fences, illegal apartments including basement and attic apartments, and any changes in the use of existing buildings, such as operating a business from a residence. Section 8 Rental Assistance is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that helps low-income families to afford decent, safe, sanitary housing by subsidizing their rent. Availability of the Section 8 assistance is limited. The Section 8 Program also offers the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS). This program, funded by the Section 8 Program, helps families who are already receiving rental assistance to reach their goal of reducing their dependence on government subsidies.

The Clifton Home Improvement Program (CHIP) is also a HUD federally funded program whereby a qualified Clifton homeowner can receive up to a $10,000 grant to repair housing code violations on their home.

Habitable Room – A room or enclosed floor space used or intended to be used for living, sleeping, cooking or eating purposes, excluding bathrooms, water closet compartments, laundries, pantries, foyers or communicating corridors, closets and storage spaces.

§ 273-10. Space and location requirements. [Amended 2-17-1970 by Ord. No. 3964]

The contacts for the above programs are as follows:

Property Maintenance/
Illegal Housing Complaints  - Cheryl Fleming  (973) 470-5849 

Section 8 Rental Assistance  -  Cindi Figlar  (973) 470-5846 

CHIP Program  - Brian Rodgers  (973) 470-5848 

FSS Program  - Norma Fernandez  (973) 470-5631