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) 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.
- (NEW) Emergency Rental Assistance Program (Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance) - The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is accepting applications for the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), which provides economic relief to low and moderate income households for rental arrears, temporary rental assistance, and utility arrears payments. Applications for all eligible households will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, as long as funds remain available. New York State residents are eligible for ERAP if they meet certain criteria, including income limits that vary by county and household size. Refer to OTDA’s website for more detailed eligibility requirements.
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