Help from New York State’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program, ERAP, is available to residents of Dutchess County who are struggling to pay their rent or utilities due to COVID-19 .
Low and moderate income residents who are struggling to pay their rent or utilities are encouraged by the Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services (DCFS) to apply for assistance through the PIU.
In a DCFS press release on Thursday, June 3, Commissioner Sabrina Jaar-Marzouka explained:
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many of our most vulnerable residents, but help remains available to help residents in need stay in their homes. We urge those seeking assistance to take advantage of all available options to consolidate their housing stability.
Program assistance can include up to 12 months of past due rent, and for some, up to three months of future rent, as well as up to 12 months of past due electricity or gas bills. In order to be eligible for ERAP assistance, residents of Dutchess County must meet the following criteria:
- Gross household income equal to or less than 80% of median income in the region, which varies by county and household size
- A household member received unemployment benefits or suffered a reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship, directly or indirectly, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
- The applicant owes rent in arrears at their current residence.
Payments subsidized by the ERAP will always be issued directly to the owner or utility provider.
Program applications can be submitted directly using this link, and additional details on the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program are available at Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services website, or by phone at (844) 691-7368.
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