Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a program that will help low-income families or individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19 such that there is a job loss or situations whereas there has been a financial loss due to the pandemic.

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According to WGRZ,  the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program is funded by the Coronavirus Relief Fund, a part of the CARE Act.  Cuomo said this:

"Since day one we made it clear that no New Yorkers should be thrown on the streets because of hardships caused by this pandemic.  It's critically important that people are able to stay safely in their homes as we progress through our data-driven, phased reopening, and the COVID Rent Relief Program reinforces that commitment with direct assistance to those in the greatest need."

Here are the qualifications for the program, as reported by WGRZ News:

  • You must be a renter with a primary residence in New York State.

  • Before March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, household income (including unemployment benefits) must be below 80 percent of the Area Median Income, adjusted for household size. Applicants can find the Area Median Income for their county, based on household size, on HCR's website here.

  • Before March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, the household must have been "rent burdened," which is defined as paying more than 30 percent of gross monthly income towards rent.

  • Applicants must have lost income during any period between April 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020.

  • The application period will be open for two weeks. Residents can apply any time during the two-week period.

According to WGRZ, you can apply for up to four months of assistance  (between April - July.