Family Promise, the nation’s leading organization fighting family homelessness, is excited to announce its participation with area organizations to aid tenants and landlords with their applications for the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). The program assists households who are behind on their rent, have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19, and are at risk of homelessness or housing instability. The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program will provide assistance with up to 12 months of past-due rent, three months of prospective rental assistance, and 12 months of utility arrears payments to eligible New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status. The State will provide $3.5 billion in assistance for renters and small businesses experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of July 22, 2021, 470 residents of Ontario County have applied for rental arrears and 139 of those also applied for utility arrears, and over 100,000 applications have been submitted state-wide.
Applications are available online at otda.ny.gov/ERAP, or you can call the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance at 844-NY1RENT (844-691-7368) for assistance applying.
For assistance in Ontario County, you can call:
Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes- (315) 789-2235 ext. 114
FLACRA- (315) 719-7309
Family Promise of Ontario County- (585) 905-3988
The Salvation Army of Canandaigua, NY- (585) 394-6968
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