The Rockland County Department of Social Services has received an allotment of funds from the U.S. Department of Treasury for rent and utility arrears; and rent and utility assistance, to be paid to landlords on behalf of tenants who have experienced unemployment or a reduction in household income; or incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tenant must also demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability and demonstrate the household income does not exceed 80% of Area Median Income (AMI).
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The program goal is to stabilize housing by minimizing homelessness and prevent housing loss for Rockland County tenants. Currently, Rockland County is awaiting further State and Federal guidance on program specifics. Once the program eligibility requirements and application process are finalized, the Rockland County Department of Social Services will officially announce the program’s opening.
Rockland County will be partnering with New York State in implementing this program. New York State has released guidance on its program’s policies and procedures along with Frequently Asked Questions, which can be viewed here: https://otda.ny.gov/programs/emergency-rental-assistance/WHAT TO DO IN PREPARATION FOR
APPLYING FOR EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE
If you are a Tenant and wish to be informed when program updates are available, please complete the Tenant Contact Form and you will receive by email and/or text messages all future information. Also, in order to best serve the public by identifying the areas most in need please take a few minutes to complete this Tenant Survey.
If you are a Landlord who has tenants that may have experienced financial hardship, due directly or indirectly to the COVID-19 pandemic, and are in arrears on their rent, please complete the Landlord Contact Form and updates on the program will be emailed to you as they become available. Also, in order to best serve the public by identifying the areas most in need please take a few minutes to complete this Landlord Survey.