Emergency Rental Assistance Program
WNYMuslims is collaborating with The City of Buffalo and the New York State Office of Temporary, Disability
Assistance (OTDA) and, Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) to manage the statewide Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) that provides up to 12 months of rental and utility assistance to residents impacted by COVID-19. ERAP is offering financial assistance for those who may be at risk of homelessness as a result of COVID-19, and are in need of Rental and/or Utility Assistance to maintain existing housing.
The funds, being administered by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) are earmarked for eligible outreach and intake activities delivered to low income, underserved communities, and priority groups, over an approximate six-to-fifteen-month period, beginning June 2021 and ending September 30, 2022, or when funds are exhausted.
Funds are earmarked for residents who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. This includes tenants who have been unable to pay full rents and utilities because of a COVID-related financial hardship, as well as landlords who have been unsuccessful in getting tenants connected to assistance, or who wish to apply for assistance for multiple tenants. Deliverables under this opportunity must be designed to assist tenants and landlords in accessing up to 12 months of rental and utility arrears, and up to 3 months of prospective rents for arrears beginning March 2020.
All applicants in need of help in completing the application and accessing the portal can call 2-1-1 for referrals to an application assistance provider.