NYS Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Human Services Coalition is supporting local efforts to roll out the New York State 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.

Please note that the income limits have recently changed.


This NYS Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) 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.


The program has now closed to anyone making under 80% Area Median Income (AMI) and only households with higher incomes are now eligible.

In Tompkins County the income limits are as follows:

Persons in Family 1 2 3 4 5
Lowest Income (80%AMI) $50,200 $57,400 $64,550 $71,700 $77,450

Highest Income
(120% AMI)

$75,360 $86,040 $96,840 $107,520 $116,160

The applicant owes past due rent at their current residence. 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.

Landlords can apply on behalf of tenants who have declined to submit an application for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, or have vacated a rental unit with arrears.  Though funds for LRAP are fully committed and all applications submitted may not be funded, OTDA will continue to accept LRAP applications through November 21, 2021, at 5 p.m.


Applications can be submitted online at otda.ny.gov/ERAP.
For local assistance with the online application, dial 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) or contact 211 Tompkins/Cortland.