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New York Applies For Additional Federal Rental Assistance

Euclid House Rental
Katie Zilcosky
Houses available for rent on Euclid Ave. in Syracuse.

New York is one of the country’s leaders in getting federal rent relief dollars to people in need and ranks first in money obligated. $913 million has been distributed to New Yorkers still struggling with rent payments amid the ongoing pandemic. Now, Governor Kathy Hochul is applying for more funding from the federal government.

The U.S. The Department of Treasury will start accepting more applications through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program or ERAP for states in need of additional relief funds to avoid a potential eviction crisis. Governor Hochul said New York will submit its application “as expeditiously as possible.”

Applications for ERAP in New York State opened in June, and by September, approximately 205,000 applications were submitted to the State. Now with more than 250,000 applications filed at the end of October, New York State renters and landlords are still feeling the devastating economic impacts of the pandemic.