Message from Comptroller DiNapoli
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created a serious public health crisis for New York and the economic impact to our State will likely be felt for a long time to come. My office is taking many proactive and positive steps to address the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and we want to help New York’s residents, government entities, nonprofits and businesses alike as they navigate these uncharted waters. We created this page of helpful resources and links to give you easy access to vital assistance and information you need at this time. Since the situation is changing rapidly with each passing day, please check back regularly as we update this information.”
- (NEW) Federal Unemployment and Pandemic Benefits (New York State Department of Labor) - On September 5, 2021, several federal unemployment benefit programs, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Extended Benefits (EB), $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), and $100 Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC), expired across the country, per federal law. Unemployment benefits are still available for those who qualify.
- (NEW) Excluded Workers' Fund (EWF) (New York State Department of Labor) - A $2.1 billion fund was created to support New Yorkers who could not get unemployment, pandemic, or other federal relief benefits. Applications for the EWF are now being accepted. It is the first entirely state-run and state-funded program in the country to support workers who did not qualify for government-issued economic relief.
Paying Your Bills:
- (NEW) Public Service Loan Forgiveness Limited Waiver Opportunity (U.S. Department of Education) - Eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program is temporarily expanded through October 31, 2022, so that it now includes borrowers who have older loans that didn't originally qualify, as well as those who were in the wrong repayment plan but met the other requirements.
- (NEW) Landlord Rental Assistance Program (LRAP) (Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance) - Starting Thursday, October 7, 2021, applications are being accepted for LRAP, which provides rental assistance for landlords whose tenants are unwilling to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), including where the tenant has left the rental property. Assistance may be provided for households with rent up to 150 percent of the Fair Market rent (FMR) for the county where the property is located.
- (NEW) Governor Hochul Signs New Moratorium on COVID-related Residential and Commercial Evictions into Law (NY Governor's Office) - On September 2, 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law a new mortarium on COVID-related residential and commercial evictions for New York State, which is in effect until January 15, 2022. Under the new law, all protections of the Tenant Safe Harbor Act for residential tenants who are suffering financial hardship as a result of the pandemic will remain in place, along with new protections on commercial evictions. Additionally, the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides economic relief to help low and moderate-income households at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability by providing rental arrears, temporary rental assistance, and utility arrears assistance. For more information, please visit: Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) or phone 844-691-7368.
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