New Yorkers Get Extra Week To Apply For Rent Assistance

NEW YORK CITY — New York City tenants who missed rent payment thanks to the coronavirus pandemic will have an extra week to apply for state help.

The deadline for COVID Rent Relief Program applications is now Aug. 6.

The program provides New Yorkers funds for up to four months of rent missed during the coronavirus pandemic. It falls far short of calls to “cancel rent” or other forms of forgiveness, but still provides renters in greatest need some relief.

Originally, New Yorkers had just two weeks to apply. But officials with New York State Homes and Community Renewal, which runs the program, on Friday announced the deadline would be extended an extra week.

“The Legislature designed the COVID Rent Relief Program to help New Yorkers who are the most at-risk and rent burdened after losing income due to the pandemic,” said RuthAnne Visnauskas, HCR’s commissioner, in a statement. “By keeping the online portal open for another week, we can make sure everyone who needs to apply for assistance has the opportunity to do so.”

Each application will be weighed equally and not on a first come, first served, Visnauskas assured New Yorkers in a statement.

New Yorkers who qualify likely won’t see it cover all their rent. The one-time subsidy only covers the difference between the “rent burden” — what they pay in rent that’s more than 30 percent of their income.

More information on qualifications and an online application can be found here.

This article originally appeared on the New York City Patch

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