By Kevin Deutsch
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.”