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About the Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) provides significant economic relief to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are provided directly to States, U.S. Territories, local governments, and Indian tribes. Grantees use the funds to provide assistance to eligible households through existing or newly created rental assistance programs.
Eligibility: An "eligible household" is defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:
- Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19.
- Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability and
- Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median income.
- ERAP is not guaranteed and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
HOW TO APPLY
The APPLICATION DEADLINE for Emergency Rental Assistance in New York state HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL JANUARY 15, 2022. Protection from eviction is provided during the application review process, provided the application is submitted by this date. Westchester County residents submit their applications as follows:
NY State Rent Help
Westchester County residents outside the City of Yonkers complete the application for Emergency Rental Assistance on this New York State Rent Help website managed by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. The application is available in nine languages. For assistance, call 1-844-NY1-RENT (1-844-691-7368) Monday-Saturday, from 8:00 am - 7:00 pm or use CHAT from the website.
City of Yonkers Emergency Rental Assistance
City of Yonkers residents must apply for Emergency Rental Assistance directly through this City of Yonkers website. A variety of community organizations are available to assist you with the application.
For general questions about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) and referrals, call United Way at 211 or visit homes.westchestergov.com/housing-help.
Application assistance is also available from the NY State Rent Help website via chat and by calling their helpline at 1-844-NY1-RENT (1-844-691-7368) Monday through Saturday from 8 AM - 7 PM.
The following Westchester community organizations are also available for assistance: