New York State
Emergency Rental Assistance Program

What It Does

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program assists

households behind on their rent that have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19, and are at risk of homelessness or housing instability.

In addition, the program can provide temporary rental assistance and assistance with unpaid utility bills.

Do I Qualify?

To be eligible for this program you must meet the following criteria:

  • Household gross income at or below 80 percent of area median income, which varies by county and household size.

  • A member of the household received unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship, directly or indirectly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The applicant owes past due rent at their current residence.

Income Limits For Ontario County

Your household gross income must be at or below the amount that corresponds with your household size to qualify.

1 person


2 people


3 people


4 people


5 people


6 people


7 people


8 people


9 people


10 people


11 people


12 people



How Do I Apply?

Applications must be submitted online beginning June 1st

There are different steps depending on if you are a renter, or if you are a landlord. Select the option that pertains to you down below to learn more about the application process.



Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes

(315) 789-2235
ext. 114

Family Promise of Ontario County

(585) 905-3988


(315) 719-7309

Legal Assistance of WNY

(315) 781-1465

Still Have Questions?

We're here to help! You can call any of the organizations below for questions or assistance with your application