Governor Hochul Announces Major Progress in Providing Pandemic Relief to New Yorkers

New York State Now Ranked First Nationally in Payments Made or Obligated, with More Than $1.2 Billion

$125 Million in New State Funding Designated for Renters Previously Ineligible for Assistance Will Be Available Through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program Beginning September 15

Over $1.05 Billion in Excluded Workers Program Funds Approved for Distribution to Date; $550 Million Will Have Been Released by the End of the Week, Additional $500 Million Undergoing Final Verification

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced significant progress in providing pandemic relief to New Yorkers through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and the Excluded Workers Program. The amount of pandemic-related emergency rental assistance paid out has nearly doubled in the past three weeks — growing to $399 million — enabling tenants at risk for eviction to stay in their homes and helping struggling landlords to recoup unpaid rent. Beginning Wednesday, September 15, middle-income renters previously ineligible for assistance can begin applying for $125 million in state funding through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Additionally, while some is undergoing final verification, Governor Hochul announced that over $1.05 billion in Excluded Workers Program funds have been approved for distribution to date.

“When I was sworn in as Governor just three weeks ago today, I made it clear that my top priority was to accelerate getting relief money out the door as quickly as possible to New Yorkers struggling from the economic devastation of the pandemic,” Governor Hochul said. “While we are ramping up those efforts, our work still isn’t done. We will continue to provide critical assistance to excluded workers, pandemic-affected households that have fallen behind on their rent, and the landlords who saw their rental income drop significantly during the global health crisis.”

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