Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Applications accepted starting June 1, 2021, at 9am for emergency rental assistance.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is an economic relief program developed to help eligible households residing in New York State address rental and utility arrears at their primary residence accumulated during the COVID-19 crisis. The program will provide significant economic relief to low- and moderate-income tenants and will help landlords obtain rents due. Approved applicants may receive:

  • Up to 12 months of rental arrears payments for rents accrued on or after March 13, 2020.
  • Up to 3 months of additional rental assistance if the household is expected to spend 30 percent or more of their gross monthly income to pay for rent.
  • Up to 12 months of electric or gas utility arrears payments for arrears that have accrued on or after March 13, 2020.

Payments will be made directly to the landlord/property owner and utility company on behalf of the tenant. Tenants, landlords/property managers and utility companies will be notified of the amounts paid on their behalf. If a landlord is difficult to locate or does not otherwise provide information needed to complete the application after initial outreach efforts, funds will be held for 180 days to allow sufficient time to locate the landlord and collect required information, as well as to provide tenant protections and maximize landlord participation.

The eviction moratorium is currently set to end August 31st, 2021. During the first 30 days, the ERAP program will prioritize the unemployed, those with income at or below 50 percent of area median income, and other vulnerable populations. After the first 30 days, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, as long as funds remain available.

People who are considering proceeding with an application should expect to provide some or all of the following:

  • W-9 tax forms
  • Executed lease
  • Documentation of rent due
  • Banking information for direct deposit payment
  • Landlord’s email address

To learn more about ERAP, including eligibility, benefits, and access to the application, visit the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance ERAP webpage or contact their call center 844-NY1-RENT.

To learn more about Ulster County agencies who can assist with applications and questions, call the Recovery Service Center at 845-443-8888.

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