By providing rental arrears, temporary rental assistance, and utility arrears assistance, the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will provide significant economic relief to low and moderate-income households at danger of homelessness or housing instability.
Seven cities that received direct federal cash for emergency rental assistance chose to manage their own programs. Residents of the City of Rochester and Monroe County, the City of Yonkers and Onondaga County, and the towns of Hempstead, Islip, and Oyster Bay who earn up to 80% of the area median income (AMI) are not eligible for assistance from the state-run program and should apply for emergency rental assistance through their local programs. If a household’s income is between 80 and 120 percent of AMI, residents of these communities are eligible to apply for a state-funded program. If the locally controlled program runs out of money, residents in these communities may be eligible for help from the state-run Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Residents of New York are eligible for ERAP if they meet the following requirements:
There are no criteria for an immigration status to participate in the program.
Rental arrears-qualified households may also be eligible for assistance with utility arrears at the same rental unit.
As long as funds are available, applications for all eligible households will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.