Believe it or not, there are people that are still struggling here in New York state as a result of the pandemic. Although there are a number of programs available, it seems like for some people there is no end in sight. According to WGRZ, if you are a renter that has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and if you meet income requirements, you could be eligible for New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

How Does The Program Work?

For any family that meets the income requirement, the program will provide up to 12-months back rent assistance and up to three months future rent assistance, and in some cases, utility assistance could be available as well.

How Do You Apply?

There is a dedicated phone number to work with people that would like information and to apply seven days a week from 8 AM to 7 PM the number is 1-844-691-7368. Anyone that may qualify is urged to apply soon as possible in order to receive priority evaluation.

Erie County wants to raise awareness of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and ensure safe and stable housing for Erie County residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Said, Marie A. Cannon

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During the first month of the program, priority will be given to households at or below 50% of the "Area Median Income", if you're a household with a veteran or if you are currently unemployed, have a pending eviction case, or mobile home you will be given priority as well within the first month. Payments will be made directly to the landlord on behave of the tenant.

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