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Rental assistance program opens up: New Yorkers eligible for up to 12 months of rent money

New York State is accepting applications for $2.7 billion in funding for income-eligible renters who are behind because of the pandemic.

The funding is for renters who fell behind during the pandemic, and have had trouble getting caught up.

Those who are eligible can receive up to 12 months in back rent- and up to three months of future rent paid for through the program. It will also cover past due electric and gas payments.


It’s mostly funded by the latest round of COVID relief, which was signed into law a couple months ago.

Landlords can start the process on their tenants behalf, but renters are encouraged to move through the process themselves.

There are a few requirements. Here’s what they look like:

– Your household income has to be below 80% of the county you reside;
– A person had to have received unemployment or have proof of an income reduction during the pandemic; and
– Renters must be past due on rent.

It does not cover back-rent before the pandemic began, or when it was first starting.



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