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NYS Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)


The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will help low- and moderate-income tenants with their rent and utility payments.

You should apply as soon as possible at https://otda.ny.gov/erap. ERAP gives priority to tenants with pending eviction cases for the first 30 days of the program.

Who is eligible for ERAP?
You are eligible for ERAP if you earn less than 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), AND

(1) Qualify for unemployment insurance,

OR

(2) Have lost income or had an increase in expenses due to COVID-19.
         
ERAP Annual Income Limits
Household Size 80% AMI
1 $66,880
2 $76,400
3 $85,920
4 $95,440
5 $103,120
6 $110,720
7 $118,400
8 $126,000

Applying for ERAP is free and open to all New York City tenants, regardless of immigration status.

If you have already submitted a Hardship Declaration to your landlord or to Housing Court because of COVID related hardship, you can still apply for funds through ERAP to receive assistance for the back rent you owe.

What does ERAP cover?

• Up to 12 months of arrears payments for rent owed on or after March 13, 2020.

• Up to 3 months of additional rental assistance if your rent is more than 30% of your household income.

• Up to 12 months of electric or gas arrears for utility bills owed on or after March 13, 2020.

Any funds provided through ERAP are grants, not loans. This means they do not have to be paid back.

Payments will be made directly to the landlord, property owner, and/or utility company. Tenants will be notified of the amounts paid on their behalf.

How do I apply for ERAP?

The online application can be found at https://otda.ny.gov/.

For any questions about the ERAP program, to fill out an application with a call center operator, or to get contact information about community organizations that can help you with your application, call the ERAP Hotline at 844-NY1-RENT (844-691-7368). Individuals may call 833-843-8829 for TTY Service.

A renter’s checklist of documents you will need to apply is available at https://otda.ny.gov/programs/emergency-rental-assistance/Renter-Checklist.pdf.

The community-based organizations listed below can help you apply for ERAP:

County Organization Contact Info.
Bronx Bronx Works
718-508-3107

Neighborhood Associations for Intercultural Affairs, Inc. (NAICA)
718-866-0038
Brooklyn Black Veterans for Social Justice, Inc.
718-852-6004

Good Shepherd Services (GSS)

Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty
929-292-9480

RiseBoro Community Partnership
718-547-2800
Manhattan Catholic Charities Community Services
888-744-7900

University Settlement
212-453-4500
Queens Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc.
646-248-6602

RiseBoro Community Partnership
718-547-2800

Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services (CCNS)
718-880-32286
Staten Island Project Hospitality
9229-724-5360

To report that you have applied for an ERAP grant, please call 646-386-5409 and let the Court know that you have applied for rental assistance.

How does ERAP affect my eviction case?

If you have a pending eviction proceeding, your ERAP application will stay (temporarily stop) your eviction case. This stay remains until a decision is made on your ERAP application. Housing Court will not hear your case and you cannot be evicted during this stay.

If ERAP pays the back rent you owe, your eviction case will be dismissed. If your landlord receives payment for your rent arrears from ERAP, they cannot raise your rent or attempt to evict you for at least 1 year from the receipt of payment.

What if I am ineligible for ERAP?

You may apply for other forms of emergency rental assistance through the New York City Human Resources Administration if your application is denied. Please visit www.nyc.gov/accesshra for more information about these programs.

Information for Landlords

When applying landlords and property owners will need to provide:

• Completed W-9 tax form.

Executed lease with tenant application, or if there is no written lease, a cancelled check, evidence of funds transfer or other documentation of the last full monthly rent payment.

Documentation of rent due from tenant (e.g. leger, etc.) or attestation on application.

Banking information to receive direct deposit.

The property owner or an authorized property management company will be required to sign the application form and associated certifications agreeing that the information provided, including the amount of rental arrears owed, is accurate and does not duplicate a payment received from another program.

The property owner or authorized property management company must also agree to the following terms as a condition of accepting rental arrears payments:

• The ERAP payment satisfies the tenant’s full rental obligations for the time period covered by the payment.

• Waive any late fees due on any rental arrears covered by the ERAP payment.

• Not increase the monthly rental amount above the monthly amount due at the time of application for ERAP assistance for months for which rental assistance is received and for one year from receipt of the ERAP payment.

• Not evict the household on behalf of whom the ERAP payment is made for reason of expired lease or holdover tenancy for one year from the receipt of the ERAP payment. An exception to this requirement shall be made if the dwelling unit contains four or fewer units and the property owner or owner’s immediate family members intent to immediately occupy the unit for use as a primary residence.

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