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Rent relief for New Yorkers

new rent relief program launched Thursday that provides subsidies to eligible low-income New Yorkers financially affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The program, funded by the Coronavirus Relief Fund in the CARES Act, is administered by the Division of Homes and Community Renewal. 

  • Dig Deeper: The program, to which tenants can apply for the next two weeks, offers one-time assistance. To qualify, tenants must be primary residents in New York, earn below 80 percent of the area median income, have been rent-burdened before March 1 and be able to document a drop in income anytime from April to July. For those tenants, the rental assistance program will cover the difference between their rent burden on March 1 and after the loss of income, for up to four months. 
  • Applicants overwhelmed the system: Users reported the website crashed yesterday, and the agency acknowledged on Twitter that the site had “some issues with traffic.” [NYGov+TRD]

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