The federal government allocated funds to local governments to help people struggling with rental or utility arrears as a result of the pandemic. There are separate ERA programs for residents of Hempstead, Oyster Bay, and Islip. Residents of other Long Island communities apply to the New York State ERA program.
While all of the programs are governed by guidelines from the U.S. Treasury, there are a number of distinctions between the programs advocates should be aware of:
New York State: Visit the OTDA website to apply
New York State began accepting applications June 1, 2021. Tenants with incomes below 50% of the area median income and other high-need groups are entitled to prioritization if they apply through the end of June. After that, applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis as long as funds remain available.
Islip Residents: Visit the Islip CDA website to apply
Hempstead Residents: While the initial application window for the Hempstead ERA program closed on June 23, we expect a second application window to open after the initial applications are processed. Hempstead tenants can pre-register to be notified when the program reopens here.
Oyster Bay Residents: We expect to learn more about the Oyster Bay program in early July. Oyster Bay Tenants can pre-register for the program here.
All of our offices are now open to the public and accepting walk-ins.