As if Americans haven't tolerated significant disruptions in their lives because of he pandemic, more troubles could be looming for some.  Jobs have been disrupted, schools closed or modified, unemployment is high, medical issues become more serious, etc.  But for those who, for various reasons, are also facing eviction or possible homelessness for non-payment of rent, there is a light at the end of that tunnel too.

The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will provide significant economic relief to help vulnerable, low and moderate-income households at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability by providing rental arrears, temporary rental assistance, and utility assistance. The ERAP Program will assist eligible households who are behind on their rent that have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19.

A dedicated application online portal has been set up for people to apply for assistance.  The online site is being administered by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.There are restrictions and requirements that must be met

If you live on our listening area, the local Catholic Charities office can help you navigate the system.  The lead agency covers Otsego, Delaware, and Schoharie counties.

Pre-planning is highly encouraged (collect documentation needed) to ensure Otsego County residents are able to access this funding. Anyone who is in need of assistance with rent, or landlords who have tenants who are struggling to pay rent, are encouraged to contact Catholic Charities NOW at 432-0061. Catholic Charities is located at 176 Main Street in Oneonta.

If you need help with this issue, we encourage you to apply for assistance.

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