$6.8 million in rental assistance available to Oneida County residents

Tenants can apply for COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program as of Tuesday, June 1.

Posted: Jun 2, 2021 5:41 PM
Updated: Jun 2, 2021 7:11 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Tenants can apply for COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program as of Tuesday, June 1.

According to Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, nearly $6.8 million is available for county residents struggling to pay rent who earn below 80% of the area median income. Up to 12 months of rent and utility assistance is available through the program.

“The carnage the COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed within our rental community has brought ire to renters and landlords alike,” Picente said. “Our offices have been inundated with calls and emails from tenants struggling to pay their rent and landlords looking for reimbursement for months of lost income. I am pleased that this federal funding is finally available to those who so desperately need it. Oneida County will do all it can to help our residents find relief as they navigate the state’s distribution process.”

The county is working with the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance to distribute the funding to applicants. The payments will go directly to the property owners, according to Picente.

Applicants can also apply for past due rent and utility payments.

To apply for ERAP online, click here.

Anyone who needs assistance filling out the application can contact the Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency at 315-624-9930, or the county at 315-798-5439 or rentalassistance@ocgov.net.

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