New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

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New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

Applications can be submitted online beginning June 1st at 9:00 am on the OTDA website at

Applications are currently being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the ERAP funds are depleted. It is important to apply as soon as possible.

Updates and additional information will continue to be posted on LASNNY’s Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.



Am I Eligible?

You may be eligible for assistance to pay your back rent (beginning March 13, 2020 and up to 12 months) if you are a renter who:

  • Is obligated to pay rent and has rental arrears (rent overdue)
    1. Must show proof of residency and rental obligation (e.g., a lease)
  • Is at risk of homelessness or housing instability
    1. This can be demonstrated by having rental arrears owed on or after March 13, 2020
  • Has received unemployment benefits on or after March 13, 2020 OR has experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardships due, directly or indirectly, to COVID-19
    1. You will have to attest that you meet this criteria when completing the application
  • Has a household income at or below 80% AMI
    1. Find out if you meet this qualification by viewing this chart: AMI CHART
    2. You must provide proof of your income. It can be based on your current monthly income (submit paystubs from the prior months, or an unemployment benefits letter) or your yearly/annual income from calendar year 2020 (submit tax return, W-2s, etc.)


Please see the Renter’s Checklist for other documents you may need to apply:


Households eligible for rental arrears may also be eligible for helping paying utility arrears at the same rental unit.


Applying for NYS ERAP may:

  • Prevent you from being evicted
  • Pause your eviction proceedings until a determination is made on your NYS ERAP application


If you are deemed eligible for NYS ERAP, your landlord:

  • May not be able to raise your rent for a year following payment of NYS ERAP funds
  • May not be able to evict you due to an expired lease or holdover tenancy for 12 months after the first NYS ERAP payment is received
  • May need to waive any late fees associated with your back rent
  • Must notify you of the above


You may ALSO be eligible for 3 months of future rent payments if your rent is more than 30% of your monthly income


This program is NOT available to homeowners