shared by Barbara Lifton, outgoing Assemblywoman:
The Governor, via Executive Order, has extended the NYS COVID-19 rent relief program to February. 1, 2021. $60 million is available in this next round. The previous requirement that you had to be rent burdened *before* the pandemic has been removed as one of the conditions to qualify. (Now, you only need to be rent burdened in the months for which you apply for rent assistance.) Previous applicants do not have to reapply to receive consideration.The NYS Department of Homes & Community Renewal (HCR) is saying it will reevaluate all applications that were denied according to the new criteria and issue revised determination letters to applicants. Applications are available online here.
People who need help or have questions about their application can contact HCR’s COVID Rent Relief Program Call Center for assistance at 1-833-499-0318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.