Two weeks ago, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an emergency rental assistance program to help low-income families remain in their homes. The program is designed to reach households with the greatest need and will provide direct aid for tenants who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID Rent Relief Program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord. Applicants will not need to repay this assistance. The Covid Rent Relief Program is not first come, first served. Applications will be accepted throughout the two-week application period. HCR will prioritize eligible households with “greatest economic and social need” accounting for income, rent burden, percent of income lost and risk of homelessness.
The rental assistance payment will cover the difference between the household’s rent burden on March 1, 2020 and the increase in rent burden for the months the households is applying for assistance. Households can apply for up to four months in rental assistance.
The deadline to apply is TODAY! To apply, visit: https://hcr.ny.gov/RRP. Priority will be given to those with the greatest risk of homelessness.