Emergency Rent Assistance Program
Rental Relief for those impacted by COVID-19
Starting September 15, 2021, household gross income between 80 and 120 percent AMI. These income limits differ by county and household size. A household may qualify based on current income or calendar year 2020 income that is at or below 120 percent AMI. Households with income between 80 and 120 percent AMI are eligible for a state-funded ERAP payment so long as funds remain available. Applications from households with income up to 100 percent AMI will be prioritized for processing through October 29, 2021. After that, all applications for households with income up to 120 percent AMIwilll be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law a new moratorium on COVID-related residential and commercial evictions for New York State which is in effect until January 15, 2022. Click Here to view Bill S500001
If you are facing eviction please download and print this form. Administrative Order AO/244/2021, directing that, effective immediately, petitioners with eviction proceedings who have either (1) been notified of a pending application for emergency rental assistance by respondent-tenant, (2) applied for emergency rental assistance on behalf of respondent-tenant and the application is pending, or (3) received emergency rental assistance on behalf of respondent-tenant, shall submit notice, in the form attached as Exhibit 1, to the court where such eviction proceeding is pending.
The order shall remain in effect for such time as federal and state emergency rental assistance programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic remain in effect.
Governor Cuomo announced a new streamlined process for New York's rent relief program. The new process (set to begin 7/27/21) relaxes documentation standards for both tenants and landlords and implements a streamlined process for submission of arrears documentation for multi-tenant landlords.
Additionally, the contracted vendor working with the State now has over 1,000 staff dedicated to this effort and 350 volunteers. This will help review pending cases. By August 31, 2021 OTDA will be current with payment for all pending, verified applications.
Rent relief is here. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) enables tenants and landlords to apply for rental arrear payments. The ERAP makes available $2.7 billion statewide to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds administered by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program will provide assistance with up to 12 months of past-due rent, 3 months of prospective rental assistance and 12 months of utility arrears payments to eligible New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status. Applications will begin being accepted on June 1, 2021 at 9:00 AM.
For full information on the program and how to apply go to: https://otda.ny.gov/programs/emergency-rental-assistance/.
For information on eligibility go to - https://otda.ny.gov/programs/emergency-rental-assistance/ERAP-Overview.pdf
The rental assistance program will assist households behind on their rent and that have experienced financial hardship, that are at risk of homelessness or housing instability and that earn at or below 80 percent of area median income.
During the first 30 days, the program will prioritize the unemployed, those with income at or below 50 percent of area median income and other vulnerable populations. After the first 30 days, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, as long as funds remain available.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- How do I apply? Visit otda.ny.gov/erap or CALL Madison County Department of Social Services 315-366-2211 or CAP 315-697-3588. We can help.
- How will I find out if I am approved? The state is a little delayed in issuing the acceptances but those notices will come from the OTDA directly.
- How long will it take for my landlord to get paid? We expect that information to come from NYS soon.
- Can my landlord evict me if I have trouble paying more of my rent after NYS pays what I owe now? Yes, if a tenant does not pay current and/or ongoing rent, the landlord has the legal right to proceed with an eviction. The NYS moratorium on evictions is set to expire January 15, 2022.
If you are a landlord or you have additional questions reach out to the Madison County DSS at 315-366-2211 or CAP at 315-697-3588.
How to Apply
For full landlord's checklist:https://otda.ny.gov/programs/emergency-rental-assistance/Landlord-Checklist.pdf
Instructions for Landlords on how to apply: Instructions for Landlords
Madison County Landlord Survey Results
Madison County conducted a survey of landlords in April 2021. You can find the results here.
Other Important Information
- New York State moratorium extended to end of August 2021
- Videos from NYS on how to apply: