Deadline has been extended to August 6, 2020
COVID 19’s economic effects are currently being contained by a variety of safeguards. Keeping a roof over one’s head during times of financial struggle is always a stressful priority, but in our pandemic times it is vital that people stay in their homes to contain the spread of COVID 19. Renters who have suffered a hit to their finances due to COVID 19 are currently safe from eviction thanks to the Tenant Safe Harbor Act (NY Senate Bill: S8192B, NY Assembly Bill: A10290) that protects tenants who have suffered economic hardship from eviction during the COVID-19 covered period. However, this doesn’t forgive unpaid rent, which under the current conditions will have to be paid. However, an emergency rental assistance program will provide up to four months of assistance covering the increased rent burden suffered by individuals and families in the greatest need who lost wages between April 2020–July 2020; payments will be paid directly to the landlord. There is a two-week application period for this assistance.
July 30 August 6 is the deadline to submit the application which can be found here.
According to a July 23, 2020 Gothamist piece there were many obstacles encountered while applying online. St. Nicks Alliance is offering application assistance at 718-388-9190 ext. 690. They also have put out a fact sheet in English and Spanish to clarify the eligibility requirements.
The program is funded through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which is part of the CARES Act.