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New York State COVID Rent Relief Program

A new New York State COVID Rent Relief Program is available to help households experiencing an increase in their rent burden due to a loss of income during the COVID-19 crisis.

The 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.

Applications must be postmarked no later than July 30, 2020.

The COVID Rent Relief Program is not first come, first served. Priority will be given to eligible 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 for the months the households is applying for assistance. Households can apply for up to four months in rental assistance.  Your rent burden is the percentage of your gross household income that that you spend on your contractual rent.

For more information about the program and about eligibility require and to download applications, visit

New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) also 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