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Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

As of June 1, 2021, New York State began accepting emergency rent relief requests for tenants who have been adversely affected by COVID-19. The funding for this rent relief comes from the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).

What is ERAP?

ERAP is an emergency rental assistance fund that is open to anyone in New York who was financially impacted by COVID-19.  A tenant can be eligible for up to 12 months of rental and utility arrears from March 13th, 2020 forward and, in some cases, up to three months of future rent as well.  Funds do not need to be repaid by the applicant.  The New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) is currently not processing One Shot Deals for arrears after 03/13/20; HRA is telling people to apply for ERAP.

Who qualifies for ERAP?

  • Anyone who was financially impacted by COVID with rent or utility arrears (if utility arrears, must have rental arrears as well) from March 13, 2020 onward
  • Anyone who was financially impacted by COVID with a gross income at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI).
  • Anyone who received unemployment benefits, experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19
    • “Financial hardship” is viewed broadly and does not require extensive documentation, although an explanation can be made in the application. It is encouraged that anyone with rental or utility arrears apply for ERAP.

Priority status

  • Tenants who apply in the first thirty days after June 1, 2021 will be provided priority status based on the following criteria:
    • Income at or below 50% AMI and at least one of the following.
      • Unemployed for the last 90 days
      • Veteran
      • Domestic violence or a survivor of human trafficking
      • Eviction case in housing court
      • Lives in a community that was disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Zip codes can be checked >>here<<.
      • Lives in a dwelling of 20 or fewer units

What does a tenant need to apply for ERAP?

New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) Documentation List (English)

For most applications, the landlord will also need to submit documentation.

Where can I apply?

Apply for ERAP here: https://nysrenthelp.otda.ny.gov/en/Index

This portal is the only way to request assistance for these funds.

If you need assistance filling out an application, email erap@bronxworks.org.

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