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 OTDA.ny.gov/ERAP

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

 

For the first 30 days of the program (June 1 to June 30, 2021), priority will be given to households in the following order:

  1. Households with income at or below 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI)that also include a household member who:
    • Is currently unemployed for at least 90 days; or
    • Is a veteran; or
    • Is currently experiencing domestic violence or is a survivor of human trafficking; or
    • Has an eviction case related to their current residence pending in court; or
    • Resides in a mobile home; or
    • Lives in a community that was disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 (Check your ZIP Code); or
    • Lives in a dwelling of 20 or fewer units.
  2. Households with income at or below 50 percent AMI.
  3. Households with income at or below 80 percent AMI that also include a household member who:
    • Is currently unemployed for at least 90 days; or
    • Is a veteran; or
    • Is currently experiencing domestic violence or is a survivor of human trafficking; or
    • Has an eviction case related to their current residence pending in court; or
    • Resides in a mobile home; or
    • Lives in a community that was disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 (Check your ZIP Code); or
    • Lives in a dwelling of 20 or fewer units.
  4. Households with income at or below 80 percent AMI.

After the first 30 days, applications for all eligible households will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, as long as funds remain available.

 

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: https://otda.ny.gov/programs/emergency-rental-assistance/Renter-Checklist.pdf

 

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