Rent relief is available to those who have struggled to pay rent during COVID-19, regardless of your immigration status. The funding never has to be repaid and it is illegal for your landlord to refuse these funds.
If you are undocumented or from a mixed-status families, please call 212-298-3490 for assistance with applying to the New York State Rent Relief Program.
Over $2.4 billion is available to New Yorkers who have struggled to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for these funds are open as of June 1, 2021. Applications can be completed through the New York State ERAP Portal.
Households impacted by COVID-19 are eligible for New York State’s rent relief program regardless of immigration status.
Call 212-298-3490 for assistance with applying to the New York State Rent Relief Program.
The helpline will provide access to legal support and guidance around your application for rental relief and eviction prevention.
The helpline will also assist New York’s noncitizen and undocumented renters in accessing up-to-date information on basic and COVID-19-related housing rights and protections.
The helpline is funded by the Robin Hood Foundation.
FASTEN is a program to help vulnerable tenants stay in their homes in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. FASTEN connects individuals to services and financial resources, including rental arrears assistance.
Households with income less than 50% of area median income, that have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19, and are facing housing instability (such as owing back rent), are eligible for assistance. Individuals are eligible regardless of immigration status or employment status.
More information, including how to apply, can be found here in English and Spanish.
The information in this document has been prepared by The Legal Aid Society for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. You should not act upon any information without retaining professional legal counsel
Last Updated: 8 July 2021
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