Housing/Utilities

 

  • Eviction Moratorium Update -  the moratorium on residential or commercial evictions will be extended until January 1, 2021. New York had implemented a 90-day foreclosure moratorium and mortgage relief period for owners who can demonstrate they are not able to make timely payments due to the impact of the virus.
    • It was also announced the state is banning late payments or fees for missed rent payments during the eviction moratorium, and allowing renters facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time. 
  • July 16: COVID Rental Assistance Program
    • eligible households will benefit from a one-time rental subsidy paid directly to landlords and housing providers. Tenants are not required to repay this assistance.
    • To qualify for the program, applicants must meet all eligibility requirements: 
      • Must be a renter with a primary residence in New York State. 
      • Before March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, household income (including unemployment benefits) must be below 80 percent of the Area Median Income, adjusted for household size. 
      • Before March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, the household must have been "rent burdened," which is defined as paying more than 30 percent of gross monthly income towards rent. 
      • Applicants must have lost income during any period between April 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020. 
      • The application period will be open for two weeks. Residents can apply any time during the two-week period of July 16-29th
    • The application and frequently asked questions are located here:  https://hcr.ny.gov/RRP
    • or call 1-833-499-0343
  • Housing court functions, such as: landlord lockouts, repair orders, and serious code violations will continue.
  • If you are being unlawfully evicted, call 833-503-0447 for the NY State Courts Coronavirus Hotline

Utilities

  • As of March 13, 2020, New York utilities volunteered to suspend utility shut offs for power, heat and water for all customers.
  • NYSEG: 1-800-572-1111
    • walk-in centers will be closed indefinitely as of March 17
    • pay over the phone and at Wal-Mart, Price Chopper and Weis
    • suspending late-payment charges
    • suspending inside meter readings, please submit a reading through their app or calling the call center. If no reading is submitted the bill will be an estimate
    • temporarily suspending service shut offs