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Assistance to pay late rent and utilities owed due to COVID-19.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) | NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA), NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)

1. How it Works

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) helps renters with rental arrears (late rent), late utility bills, limited future rent, and provides protection from certain types of eviction and rent increases.

Update: Applications for ERAP have re-opened for a limited time. Tenants behind on their rent should apply immediately.

  • Applying provides protections against eviction.
  • ERAP has limited funds. You are not prevented from also applying to other programs like Cash Assistance or One Shot Deal emergency assistance from NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA). If you applied for ERAP earlier, include proof of your ERAP application with your HRA application for rental assistance.
  • If you are at risk of eviction, you may be eligible for free legal assistance. Call 311 and ask for “Tenant Helpline.”

Note: Applications previously closed November 14,2021. If you applied during the last round, there is no need to apply again. You can check the status of your application at the ERAP portal.

  • Assistance may cover:
    • Up to 12 months of late rent
    • Up to 3 months of future rent if your household will spend 30 percent or more of gross monthly income to pay for rent
    • Up to 12 months of late electric or gas utility bills
  • If you are found eligible, you may receive these protections related to the ERAP payment:
    • You cannot be evicted for not paying late rent covered by the ERAP payment.
    • Your landlord cannot collect late fees associated with the ERAP payment.
    • Your landlord cannot increase your monthly rent for one year.
    • Your landlord cannot bring certain types of eviction cases against you for one year.
  • Payment will be made directly to the landlord, property owner, or utility company on the tenant’s behalf.
    • Tenants will be notified of payment made on their behalf.
    • Payment will not be considered income for tenants qualifying for public assistance and benefits.
  • You can apply even if you have an eviction case pending against you. Applying will likely suspend an eviction case.
    • Landlords have the option to decline ERAP payments. If this is the case, tenants are still encouraged to apply because an approved ERAP application may be used as a defense if you are brought to court.
  • U.S. citizenship is not a requirement. Immigration status will not be requested.
  • Landlords can apply on behalf of tenants.

2. Determine your eligibility

U.S. citizenship is not a requirement and immigration status will not be requested.

You may be eligible if you can answer yes to all of these questions.

  • Do you have overdue rent (rental arrears) for rent owed after March 2020?
  • Did one or more members of your household lose income directly, or indirectly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic? This can include:
  • Is your household’s current or calendar year 2020 gross income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI)?
    • See this chart for NYC income thresholds.
Family Size 80% AMI Income in a year 80% AMI Income in a month 80% AMI Income in a week
1 $66,850 $5,570 $1,285
2 $76,400 $6,366 $1,469
3 $85,950 $7,162 $1,652
4 $95,450 $7,954 $1,835
5 $103,100 $8,591 $1,982
6 $110,750 $9,229 $2,129
7 $118,400 $9,866 $2,276
8 $126,000 $10,500 $2,423
9 $133,650 $11,137 $2,570
10 $141,250 $11,770 $2,716
11 $148,900 $12,408 $2,863
12 $156,550 $13,045 $3,010

 

3. What you need to include

You will need the documents below to apply:

Proof of who you are

For each member of your household, one of the following:

  • Photo I.D.
  • Driver’s license or non-driver government-issued ID
  • Passport
  • EBT/Benefits Issuance Card
  • Birth or baptismal certificate
  • School registration

Proof of Social Security Number (optional)

Proof of rental amount

Proof of where you live

Proof of your income

Proof of your utility expenses

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

Tenants should apply as soon as possible. While your ERAP application is pending, you will likely be protected from certain types of eviction.

NYCHA residents: When applying, be sure to select either “Public Housing” or “Section 8” depending on which program, if any, apply to your housing.”

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More ways to get help with this program

Get help online

Call 311

Call 311 and say “Tenant Helpline”.

Call the NY State ERAP Call Center

  • Call the NY State ERAP Call Center at 1-844-NY1-RENT (1-844-691-7368) 8am – 7pm daily.
  • For TTY call 833-843-8829.

Call or Visit an ERAP Enroller

On HRA’s site find ERAP Enroller Organizations that can help you apply.

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