LaGuardia CARES & NY Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

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LaGuardia CARES ( is helping students and other LaGuardia community members with the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), a new rental assistance program for those who are behind in their rent and/or at risk of eviction. See more info below.

If you know anyone who is behind in their rent and/or at risk of eviction, please share this important information with them.

On June 1, New York State launched a new rental assistance program, called the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, or ERAP. Funding is currently available through ERAP for New York City households who are behind in their rent. Eligible low and moderate-income households can get up to 12 months of their back rent paid, three months of future rent, and other assistance.
Residents of New York City are eligible if they:

– Fell behind in rent since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020; AND
– Qualified for unemployment benefits or have lost income and/or have an increase in expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic; AND
– Have a monthly gross (before tax) household income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI). (See the program links for more information on income eligibility.)

During the first 30 days of the program, New York State is prioritizing households with income at or below 50% AMI and at least one household member within the following categories:

– unemployed for at least 90 days
– veteran
– experiencing domestic violence or is a survivor of human trafficking
– has an eviction case pending in court
– lives in a community that was disproportionately impacted by COVID-19
– lives in a building with 20 or fewer units
– resides in a mobile home
– After the initial 30-day period, applications will be reviewed on a first-come first-served basis. Funds are limited so all eligible households should apply as soon as possible regardless of whether they are in a priority group.

Our staff at LaGuardia CARES ( is available to answer questions and provide application assistance.

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