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COVID Rent Relief Program

Grants to New York Households for Rent
Assistance During the Coronavirus Crisis

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR)

Deadline Date:

08/06/20 Postmark or receipt

Description:

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Grants to New York individuals and families for rent support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Priority funding is intended to assist households with the greatest economic and social need, taking into consideration income, rent burden, percent of income lost, and risk of homelessness. Rent subsidies will be sent directly to the household's landlord.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191479

Estimated Size of Grant:

The rental assistance payment will cover the difference between the household’s rent burden on March 1, 2020, and the increase in rent burden for the months for which the household is applying for assistance.

Term of Contract:

Households can apply for up to four months in rent assistance.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must have a primary residence in New York State.

Eligible households must meet the following criteria:
- Before March 1, 2020, and at the time of application, household income must have been below 80% of the area median income, adjusted for household size. You can find what the 80% AMI limit for your county and household size is here: www.hcr.ny.gov/eligible-income-limits-80-ami-county
- Before March 1, 2020, and at the time of application, the household must have been paying more than 30% of gross monthly income towards rent. Gross income includes wages as well as any cash grants, child support, social security, unemployment benefits, etc.)
- Applicants have less monthly income in any month between April 2020 and July 2020 than they did prior to March 1, 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Monthly contractual rent may not exceed 125% of the fair market rent per month for each month assistance is requested. Fair market rents are calculated by HUD and can be located at the following link: https://www.hcr.ny.gov/rent-caps-125-fmr-crrp

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply for assistance under the COVID Rent Relief Program has been extended to August 6th, 2020 for online and paper applications.

The COVID Rent Relief Program is not first-come, first-served. Applications will be accepted throughout the two-week application period.

Each applicant will needs a NY.Gov account/username. For additional information, see: https://my.ny.gov/NYgovId/faqs.xhtml

Application information: https://covidrentrelief.hcr.ny.gov/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://my.ny.gov/LoginV4/login.xhtml

Eligibility Test: https://covidrentrelief.hcr.ny.gov/check-eligibility

Paper applications must be returned by mail to:
COVID Rent Relief Program
500 Bi-County Blvd., Suite #300
Farmingdale, NY 11735.

For application assistance:
COVID Rent Relief Program Call Center
1-833-499-0318
covidrentrelief@hcr.ny.gov

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York

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