To the editor:

On June 1, 2021 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) went into full swing. Funded by the Federal Government and administered through NYS’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the program offers rental assistance to NYS tenants whose household income is below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI)adjusted for family size, who have received unemployment of have experienced a loss of income or an increase in expenses or financial hardship due directly or indirectly to the COVID-19 pandemic, and are behind on their rent. To meet ERAP’s eligibility requirements, both the tenant and landlord must cooperate in providing, along with a completed application, certain supporting documentation. Acceptance in this program could pay up 12 months rental arrears payments for rents accrued on or after March 13, 2020, as well as past due utility bills attributed to that same period, and provide up to three months additional rental assistance if the household is expected to spend 30% or more of their gross monthly income to pay rent. Given the severity of the situation facing both tenants and landlords and the fact that financial help has finally arrived, Columbia County’s Fair Housing Department urges tenants and landlords to immediately take advantage of this long awaited and mutually beneficial opportunity. For more information call 844-NY1RENT (844-691-7368), for hearing impaired, TTY Phone Number: 1-833-843-8829

William Fisher

Columbia County Fair Housing Officer

Hudson

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