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). BronxWorks and other organizations are providing assistance in applying for this relief.
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 13, 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), which varies by county and household size.
- 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.
How does it work?
This assistance can pay up to 12 months of past due rent and, for some households, pay up to three months for future rent. The program can also pay for up to 12 months of overdue electric or gas bills. Please note, payments will always be issued directly to the landlord or utility provider.
What does a tenant need to apply for ERAP?
For most applications, the landlord will also need to submit documentation.
Where can I apply?
If you need assistance filling out an application, go to BxRAN.org or call the hotline at 844.380.9169.
For more information, visit otda.ny.gov/ERAP or call 844.NY1RENT (844.691.7368).
The City answers frequently asked questions about ERAP.
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