Tue, Jul 28 7:33pm

Dear PS 20 families, below you'll find important rent relief information from the office of State Senator Velmanette Montgomery. Please note the deadline to apply is July 30, two days from now. For more information please visit


The COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is open until July 30, 2020.
This program can provide up to 4 months of rental assistance for New York State renters.


For program overview, eligibility and information on how to apply, please go to the link below.



The COVID Rent Relief Program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord. Applicants will not need to repay this assistance. The COVID Rent Relief Program is not first come, first served. Applications will be accepted throughout the two-week application period. HCR will prioritize eligible households with “greatest economic and social need” accounting for income, rent burden, percent of income lost and risk of homelessness.


This program, which is designed to reach those individuals and families with the greatest need, will provide direct aid for tenants who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is funded through the Corona Virus Relief Fund, which is part of the CARES Act. The program is administered by New York State Homes and Community Renewal and access to program applications will be available until Thursday, July 30.


To qualify for the program, applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements:


  • Must be a renter with a primary residence in New York State prior to March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, household income (including unemployment benefits) must be below 80 percent of the Area Median Income, adjusted for household size.



  • Prior to March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, the household must have been "rent burdened," which is defined as paying more than 30 percent of gross monthly income towards rent.


  • Applicants must have lost income during any period between April 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020.


  • The application period will be open for two weeks. Residents can apply any time during the two-week period.


  • Households with at least one household member with U.S. Citizenship or eligible immigration status are qualified to receive the subsidy. Tenants currently receiving a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher for housing costs or who reside in public housing are not eligible for RRP assistance.



HCR will prioritize households with greatest economic and social need, accounting for income, rent burden, percent of income lost and risk of homelessness. The rental assistance payment will cover the difference between the household's rent burden on March 1, 2020 and the increase in rent burden during the period the household is applying for assistance.


Households can apply for up to four months in rental assistance for the months of April through July. The program is open to households that rent apartments, single-family homes, manufactured homes and manufactured home lots.


The COVID Rent Relief Program protects New York's renters during the Corona Virus pandemic. This includes a statewide moratorium on COVID-related residential or commercial evictions; banning late payments or fees for missed rent payments during the eviction moratorium; and allowing renters facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time.


More information about the COVID Rent Relief Program, including Frequently Asked Questions, visit


HCR has created a dedicated call center to provide residents with help Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Call the COVID Rent Relief Program Call Center at 1-833-499-0318 or email at


Applications are available in multiple languages.