Application for Emergency Rental Assistance Program Closes This Month – NBC New York (47)

NEW YORK — Families who wish to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) in New York must do so by Friday, January 20 to be considered this year.

Individuals will not be able to submit applications, or complete applications that have been started but not submitted, after January 20, 2023 at 9:00 p.m.

Applications submitted before the application portal closes on January 20, 2023 will continue to be processed in the order received, in accordance with state law and program rules.

The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is currently reviewing and processing eligible ERAP applications that were submitted by October 31, 2022.

Additional applications are expected to be reviewed and processed in the future as funds become available. This notification will be updated if additional funds are available to pay for eligible applications submitted after October 31, 2022.

After the portal closes to new applications, tenants and owners can continue to upload required documentation for pending submitted applications.

Applications from subsidized housing tenants whose rent is limited to a certain percentage of income (including public housing, section 8, and FHEPS) currently cannot be paid.

State law requires these applications to be paid after all other eligible applicants have been reviewed and paid. Therefore, at this time, none of the sheltered housing applications can be paid regardless of the date your application was filed.

Public housing residents are urged to contact their public housing authority to determine if their rent can be retroactively adjusted based on a prior change in circumstances, including a reduction in income.

Who can apply for ERAP?

New York residents are eligible for ERAP if they meet the following criteria:

  • Household gross income is at or below 80 percent of Area Median Income (AMI). These income limits differ by county and by household size. A household may qualify based on current income or income for the 2020 calendar year that is at or below 80 percent of AMI. (The ERAP program serving households with incomes above 80 percent and up to 120 percent of the area median income closed for new applications on February 14, 2022.)
  • As of March 13, 2020, a household member received unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship, directly or indirectly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Applicant is required to pay rent at their primary residence and has rent arrears (back rent) at their current residence for rent due as of March 13, 2020.
  • Household must be at risk of homelessness or housing instability, which can be demonstrated by having rent arrears as of March 13, 2020.

There are no immigration status requirements to qualify for the program.

Households eligible for rent arrears may also be eligible for assistance paying utility arrears on the same rental unit.

Applications for all eligible households will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, as long as funds are available.

The application portal is currently accessible 24/7. The application can be found in Spanish here.

Applicants are encouraged to collect all the necessary information before starting an application, including income of household members and rent amounts. Applicants who previously started, but did not complete, sign, and submit an application must create an account to resume an unsubmitted or incomplete application.

Applicants who have completed, signed and submitted an application may upload the required documentation at any time.

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