NewsNationalNewsy

Actions

New York City Residents Struggle To Get Rent Relief

Tens of thousands of people have been denied assistance because of the income criteria set by lawmakers. The city is expanding eligibility though.
Posted at 3:32 PM, Mar 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-31 17:32:00-04

New York city residents struggling to pay rent amid the pandemic are having a hard time getting the assistance they were promised.

Back in July, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $100 million in aid to help people pay their rent. By October, only $40 million had been distributed to about 15,000 people. 

More than 100,000 people are in need of help with rent. 

Tens of thousands of people have been denied the assistance because of the income criteria set by lawmakers. 

"I've been enrolled in the rent relief program since July 30th of last year, and I got denied. Didn't even know I was denied for several months until I inquired."

New York is expanding eligibility and will reconsider applicants who were denied. 


Trending stories at Newsy.com