OTDA ERAP portal CLOSED on January 20th, 2023 due to lack of funds.
OTDA (Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance) is currently processing eligible ERAP (Emergency Rental Assistance Program) applications submitted through December 31st, 2022. This means that if a tenant submitted an ERAP application through OTDA before December 31st, 2022, then OTDA will be denying or approving the application soon. Eviction proceedings should be stayed (temporarily stopped) if there is a pending ERAP application until there is a final decision including going through any appeals process. The Towns of Islip, Hempstead, and Oyster Bay have a separate portal where residents can apply. See the information below. For the New York State Program, applications from subsidized housing tenants whose rent is limited to a certain percentage of income (e.g. section 8) are not currently able to be paid. State law requires that these applications be paid after all other eligible applicants have been reviewed and paid. Therefore, at this time, none of the subsidized housing applications can be paid regardless of the date their application was submitted. For the Oyster Bay and Hempstead programs, subsidized housing tenants may apply but only to the extent of the tenant’s paid portion of the rent and utilities that remain after adjustment by the subsidy provider for changes to household income. If you receive a decision on your ERAP application that you disagree with, make sure to appeal within thirty (30) days by calling 844-691-7368 or filling out the OTDA online application form.
Applications submitted after December 31st, 2022 will be placed on hold until further funding is available. Apply through Town of Islip: Community Development Agency (islipcda.org). Questions? Call (631) 647-5683 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Suffolk and Nassau County DSS– The Department of Social Services has programs available to provide help with receiving shelter or rent arrears to prevent homelessness. Please visit https://otda.ny.gov/workingfamilies/dss.asp to find the contact information for your local Department of Social Services.
Nassau Suffolk Law Services, in partnership with Empire Justice Center, can now assist Nassau and Suffolk residential tenants with housing-related legal problems (like eviction) and a household income of up to 80% of the Area Median Income. Services are available through this partnership regardless of immigration status. Please call the office closest to you to see if you are eligible for legal services. Interpreters are available. Suffolk residents west of 112 can call 631-232-2400 and east of 112 can call 631-369-1112. Nassau residents can call 516-292-8100. Feel free to share our flyer in both English, Spanish, and Haitian-Creole
All of our offices are now open to the public and accepting walk-ins.