If you need help with rent, New York State is offering to pay your rent.

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The COVID Rent Relief Program will provide financial assistance to people in New York, who are struggling to make ends meet due to losing their jobs.  According to WKBW, the program will provide a one-time payment for those in need. NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo said that no New Yorker should be rendered homeless due to the financial crisis caused by COVID.

"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."

If you are eligible, you'll receive one payment, which will be paid directly to your landlord.  The rent subsidy is not a loan, so it does not need to be paid back.  In order to qualify, you would must have lost your job or income between April 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020. The program begins tomorrow (July 16) and you can apply online.

"Before March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, household income must have been below 80% of the area median income, adjusted for household size. You can find your county’s area median income, based on your household size.

Before March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, the household must have been paying more than 30% of gross monthly income towards rent.  Gross income includes wages as well as any cash grants, child support, social security, unemployment benefits, etc.)" ~ New York Homes and Community Renewal


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