Recently featured in Tompkins Weekly, HSC is leading local efforts to roll out the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) which assists households behind on their rent that have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19 and are at risk of homelessness or housing instability.
DO I QUALIFY?
Eligible Tompkins County residents must meet the following criteria:
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- On or after March 13, 2020, a member of the household received unemployment benefits or experienced financial hardship directly or indirectly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
· The applicant owes past due rent at their current residence.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
This program provides assistance for up to 12 months of past due rent and for some households, pay up to 3 months for future rent. The program can also pay for up to 12 months of overdue electric or gas bills.
HOW CAN I APPLY?
Applications can be submitted online beginning June 1st at otda.ny.gov/ERAP. For local assistance with the online application, call 2-1-1 or toll-free 877-211-8667, 8:30am to 5pm, Monday-Friday.
For more information, visit otda.ny.gov/ERAP or call 844-NY1RENT (844-691-7368).