Emergency rental assistance program (erap)

The Under One Roof Lobbying team has been working this issue diligently since November 2020. Meeting with members of the Assembly and Senate to make our case. 



For required documentation, eligibility, application instructions, and FAQ's please visit the OTDA website (below)

ERAP Website Link

4/9/22 NYS announces 800M for ERAP Funding. Press release here.

1/13/22 NYS/NJ/CA/IL send joint letter to US Treasury asking for more money for ERAP programs.

1/11/22 ERAP applications re-open per court order. However there is still no funding

11/14/21 ERAP applications closed due to exhausted funding.

6/1/21 - Applications opened at 9AM. APPLICATION AND SURVEY INSTRUCTIONS

5/13/21 - OTDA website has launched. OTDA WebEx training available. Link

4/5/21 - ERAP modifications passed with the budget. See below details. 


  1. Landlord Unit Count​ Limit

    • NYS originally had a max unit count for landlord applicants of 10.

    • UOR was able to remove that restriction.

  2. Eviction Protection for Non-payment

    • NYS originally desired to build in 12 months of eviction protection after payment of aid. 

    • UOR had that removed, you may evict for non-payment if the tenant stops paying after receipt of aid. You may NOT evict for non-payment for months covered by the assistance. 

  3. Region based funding

    • Carved out funding set aside by region for the first 30 days to let upstate regions have access to money for first 30 days before larger downstate organizations can access it. ​

    • After first 30 days it's all in one pool for access by anyone.

  4. Application for former tenants

    • $100 Million was set aside for a Landlord Hardship Fund so landlords may apply for arrears for tenants who have departed the unit with a balance. (e.g. Tenant owed 5 months rent and left in November 2020, you would be able to apply for that rent even though the tenant no longer lives in your apartment, and you have no contact with him/her) 

    • As of 6/1/21 this has yet to be rolled out but it is expected to come out once OTDA determines how to administer the funds. 


  1. Landlords can apply

    • Landlords need the cooperation of their tenants as the tenant has to complete certain parts of the application. ​

  2. Eviction Rules

    • Landlords agree not to evict for holdover for 12 months after receipt of the money

    • You MAY evict for nuisance and non-payment after money is paid out

  3. Eligibility​​

    • See OTDA website for complete eligibility criteria (linked above)

  4. When will money flow?

    • ​After first 30 days elapses then checks will begin to go out. Expect mid July. ​