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

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) | NYC DSS and HRA / NY State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) / U.S. Treasury

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.

  • 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 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.
  • Tenants should apply as soon as possible. While your ERAP application is pending, you will likely be protected from certain types of eviction. Starting July 2021, applications will be reviewed on a first come first served basis.

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

Priority Groups

Tenants should apply as soon as possible even if they are not in a priority group.

Until July 2021, priority will be given if you can also answer yes both of these questions:

  • Does any of this apply to anyone in your household?
    • unemployed for at least 90 days
    • veteran
    • experiencing domestic violence or is a survivor of human trafficking
    • has an eviction case pending in court
    • lives in a community that was disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 (check your zipcode)
    • lives in a building with 20 or fewer units
    • resides in a mobile home
  • Is your household’s current or calendar year 2020 gross income at or below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI)? (see this chart)

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. Starting July 2021, applications will be reviewed on a first come first served basis.

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

Apply online

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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.

Last Updated Monday, June 14th, 12:04pm

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