Emergency Rent Assistance Program
Rental Relief for those impacted by COVID-19
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/.
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.
For information on eligibility go to - https://otda.ny.gov/programs/emergency-rental-assistance/ERAP-Overview.pdf
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: