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July 21, 2022 Important Update for ERAP Applicants


The 2022-23 State budget includes additional funds to support the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). As a result of the additional funding, OTDA is actively reviewing and processing eligible ERAP applications submitted through June 30, 2022.

This notification will be updated if additional funding is available to pay eligible applications submitted after June 30, 2022.

Specific Jurisdictions with Projected Available Funding

Certain municipalities received ERAP funds directly from the federal government and some have not fully committed these funds. As a result, resources are likely available to fund applications received beyond June 30, 2022, in the areas listed below. Therefore, tenants in these areas are encouraged to apply.

  • Nassau County (not including the towns of Hempstead or Oyster Bay)
  • Suffolk County (not including the towns of Babylon, Brookhaven or Islip)

Areas are expected to be removed from the above list as funds are exhausted.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applications from subsidized housing tenants whose rent is limited to a certain percentage of income (including public housing, section 8 and FHEPS) are not currently able to be paid. State law requires that these applications be paid after all other eligible applicants have been reviewed and paid. Therefore, at this time, none of the subsidized housing applications can be paid regardless of the date their application was submitted. Residents of public housing are urged to contact their public housing authority to determine if their rent can be adjusted retroactively based on a previous change in circumstances, including a reduction in income.

This notification will be updated as additional funding is available to pay eligible applications submitted after June 30, 2022.

The following applications submitted to the ERAP portal will be denied:

  • Households that have income over 120 percent of area median income
  • Households that have already received 12 months of ERAP assistance for rental arrears
  • Households that live in the following communities with income up to 80 percent area median income, are not participating in the New York State ERAP program.

    • Town of Hempstead
    • Town of Islip
    • Town of Oyster Bay

Notification Regarding Applications for Households with Income over 80% AMI

As of Monday, February 14, 2022 at 5:00 p.m., unspent funding originally set-aside for households with income over 80 percent and up to 120 percent of area median income will be moved to support existing applications received for the Landlord Rental Assistance Program (LRAP). Due to a court order, households with income over 80 percent and up to 120 percent of area median income can still apply for state-funded emergency rental assistance, but applications received after Monday, February 14, 2022 are not expected to be funded.


Where you can receive immediate assistance

Households who need immediate assistance with help paying for rental arrears, ongoing rent, food or providing heating assistance may apply for assistance through:

  • Their local department of social services office.
  • For areas outside of New York City: myBenefits
  • The United Way Helpline, which has access to various local services throughout the state. They can be reached by phone by dialing 211.
  • New York City residents can obtain information on various local services by calling 311 or by visiting ACCESS HRA.

Tenant Protections

Please refer to these FAQ's for an explanation of the tenant protections associated with ERAP.


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For Owners


There are two programs an Owner may participate in: Emergency Rental Assistance Program and Landlord Rental Assistance Program.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program:

This program will provide assistance to low and moderate income households at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability by providing rental arrears, temporary rental assistance and utility arrears assistance. Owners cannot apply for ERAP without the participation of their tenants. For more information, see each of the following links:

Landlord Rental Assistance Program:

Applications for the Landlord Rental Assistance Program (LRAP) are no longer being accepted. Consistent with the State law, OTDA is processing all LRAP applications for property owners who own a building with 20 or fewer units that were submitted prior to the LRAP application closing date of November 21st, 2021.

Due to the number of applications received, OTDA is currently only able to process applications from property owners who own a building with 20 or more units that were submitted by and including October 31, 2021.

Property owners who already submitted a complete application may still access their accounts and upload any required documentation. This notification will be updated if additional funding becomes available to pay eligible applications from property owners who own a building with 20 or more units submitted after October 31, 2021.

Property owners of units where the tenant household's rent is limited to a percentage of household income will not be assessed for eligibility until all other applications have been considered and will receive assistance only if funds remain available. The impacted types of housing include: tenants receiving a Section 8 Housing Choice voucher, a project-based Section 8 voucher or those who reside in public housing or other housing situations where rent is limited to a set percentage of their income.

LRAP provides assistance to landlords whose tenant has left an apartment in New York State with unpaid rental arrears or the landlord has a tenant with rental arrears who is residing in an apartment in New York State who refuses to apply for ERAP.

To apply for either Program, Owners must register for an account and complete a W9 form.

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