Emergency Rental Assistance Program open to undocumented can pay up to 12 months of rental arrears

Photo credit: Vitalii Vodolazskyi

The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) providing rental arrears, temporary rental assistance and utility arrears assistance is accepting applications starting June 1, 2021.

The program is designed to offer significant economic relief to help low and moderate-income households at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

Households approved for ERAP may receive:
– Up to 12 months of rental arrears payments for rents accrued on or after March 13, 2020.
– Up to 3 months of additional rental assistance if the household is expected to spend 30 percent or more of their gross monthly income to pay for rent.
– Up to 12 months of electric or gas utility arrears payments for arrears that have accrued on or after March 13, 2020.

Payments will be made directly to the landlord/property owner and utility company on behalf of the tenant. Tenant applicants will be notified of the amounts paid on their behalf. If a landlord is difficult to locate or does not otherwise provide information needed to complete the application, funds will be held for up to 180 days to allow sufficient time to locate the landlord and collect required information as well as to provide tenant protections and maximize landlord participation.

For more information, call 844-NY1RENT (844-691-7368) or visit NY state’s website.