ALBANY, N.Y. – New York is streamlining the application process for COVID-19 rent relief following a slow roll-out that has paid out just $117,000 so far out of the $2.7 billion available.
Starting July 27, there will be less stringent documentation requirements for both tenants and landlords to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says there will also be 1,000 accounting experts working on this effort, and at least 350 more staff members from the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance will be dedicated to reviewing cases and verifying applications.
So far, more than 4,800 applications are awaiting disbursements by Aug. 3. Cuomo says all cases pending payment should be caught up by Aug. 31.
The funding is available to people struggling to pay rent who earn less than 80% of the area median income. This can cover up to 12 months of past due rent and provide three more months of assistance.
The program is expected to help 170,000 to 200,000 households in New York.
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