COVID Rent Relief Extension Program:  Overview & Eligibility
New application period will be open Friday, Dec. 18 through Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.

Previous Applicants for COVID Rent Relief will not have to reapply to be reconsidered. HCR will re-evaluate all applications that were denied according to the new criteria and issue revised determination letters to applicants.

The COVID Rent Relief Extension 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 Extension Program is not first come, first served. Applications will be accepted throughout the application period. HCR will prioritize eligible households with “greatest economic and social need.”

For the next round of applications, tenants will have to meet all of 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 subsidy for eligible applicants will be calculated as: the difference between the household’s rent burden on March 1, 2020 and the household’s rent burden during the months of April, May, June and July of 2020 (coverage period), except that for applicants whose rent burden was lower than 30% on March 1st the subsidy will be sized to reduce their rent burden to 30% for the lowest month during the coverage period.

For help, applicants can contact HCR’s COVID Rent Relief Extension Program Call Center for assistance at 1-833-499-0318 or Call Center representatives are available Monday through Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm.  Call Center staff are available to assist residents in filling out the application over the phone.   Please note: The call center will be closed December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st.


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