Mayor Adams calls for ‘immediate’ injection of funds for NYC’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Mayor Eric Adams is calling for an immediate injection of funds for the United States Treasury Department’s New York City Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

The mayor also announced new measures to support tenant protection and inform tenants of their rights, with significant outreach efforts.

“The federal government has the resources, and now is the time for them to act with an immediate injection of funds for the Emergency Rent Assistance Program,” said Mayor Eric Adams. “New York has had the very short end of the stick, and I join Senator Schumer and Governor Hochul in demanding this change. Additionally, I encourage everyone to take advantage of all the resources available to you, know your rights, and protect yourself from deportation.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has created a housing crisis, leaving thousands of New Yorkers worried about being evicted from their homes. As the statewide eviction moratorium is set to end this Saturday, we are working to improve access to free tenant assistance for all New Yorkers, regardless of rental status. lease or immigration,” said Sheena Wright, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Initiatives. “Our Public Engagement Unit will fulfill the Mayor’s promise to improve access to services and support by meeting tenants at their doorsteps, on their phones and in their communities to connect them to essential city services and help people facing eviction to access free legal support.”

City Hall has issued these reminders:

– Lockouts are illegal – no one should be self-evicting.

– All tenants have the right to stay in the homes unless they choose to leave or are evicted through formal legal process.

– Under the NYC Right to Counsel Act, legal services are free and available to everyone.

The mayor’s office says funding for emergency housing assistance is limited, but a pending PARE application will provide temporary protection from eviction.

“Throughout the pandemic, our dedicated DSS-HRA staff and nonprofit legal provider partners have done invaluable work connecting New Yorkers experiencing housing instability to the resources and services needed to stay at home. them. As we approach the impending expiration of the area’s eviction moratorium, this administration stands ready to support any New Yorker facing eviction or falling behind on rent, including through the first our city’s right to legal assistance program, which will help vulnerable New Yorkers fight illegal evictions, keep their homes, and avoid homelessness altogether,” said Gary Jenkins, Commissioner of the Human Resources Administration.

Residents can call 311 for the Tenant Help Line for assistance.

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