ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is accepting applications to help people struggle to pay back rent and utilities bills. The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York (LASNNY) is offering public assistance to Albany County renters applying for ERAP.
ERAP funds are paid directly to landlords to cover back rent.
On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, head to the Albany Public Library for help from a LASNNY advocate.
- Monday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 331 Delaware Avenue
- Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 161 Washington Avenue
- Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 455 New Scotland Ave
You can also call the LASNNYLegal Line to make an appointment if you’re unavailable during those times. To be eligible, you must:
- Be a tenant in Albany County who has fallen behind on rent at your current residence since March 13, 2020
- Have a household member who has received unemployment benefits, lost income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship due to the pandemic
- Be at risk of homelessness or housing instability
- Have a total household income at or below 80% of the area median income
LASNNY recommends bringing the following documents:
- Identification for all household members (birth certificate, driver’s license, or other photo ID)
- Social security numbers
- Proof of income (2020 tax filings or current paystubs)
- Proof of rental amount and occupancy (signed lease or rent receipt)
- Gas or electric utility bill (if applying for utility arrears)