Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is open as of June 1, 2021.  Applications are now being accepted. 

New York residents are eligible for ERAP if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Household gross income is at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). These income limits differ by county and household size. A household may qualify based on current income or calendar year 2020 income that is at or below 80 percent AMI.
  • On or after March 13, 2020, a member of the household received unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs or experienced financial hardship, directly or indirectly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The applicant is obligated to pay rent at their primary residence and has rental arrears (rent overdue) at their current residence for rent owed on or after March 13, 2020.
  • The household must be at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, which can be demonstrated by having rental arrears owed on or after March 13, 2020.
  • There are no immigration status requirements to qualify for the program.
  • Households eligible for rental arrears may also be eligible for help paying utility arrears at the same rental unit.

PLEASE NOTE:  To apply for assistance through the ERAP program, applicants must apply online at:


If you need assistance, click "Get Help Applying for ERAP" on the OTDA site above or contact:

Family Enrichment Network
24 Cherry Street
Johnson City, NY 13790
Website: https://familyenrichment.org/



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