State Extends COVID Rent Relief Program

By Kevin Deutsch
kdeutsch@bronxjusticenews.com

There‘s good news for struggling Bronxites behind on rent because of COVID-19.

The state has extended the length of its COVID Rent Relief Extension Program, eased the requirements to qualify, and will now help even more New Yorkers cover their monthly rent, officials said.

Renters adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic can get help from the program if they meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a renter and have a primary residence in New York State;
  • Applicants must have lost income during the period of April 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020;
  • Before March 7, 2020, household income must have been at or below 80% of the Area Median Income, adjusted for household size; and
  • Households must be “rent burdened” during the months they are applying for assistance between April 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020.

The state will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord.

State officials said they will prioritize eligible households with “greatest economic and social need.”

Applications are due Feb. 1.
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Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, drugs, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Post, among other publications. His numerous television appearances include spots on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN's BookTV. He has also been featured in The New Yorker. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.