Rent Relief Program

COVID-19 Emergency Rent Assistance Program (ERAP) for Landlords

As the federal eviction moratorium is set to expire, New York state will receive more than one billion dollars in emergency rental assistance, as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Locally Monroe County and the city of Rochester received almost $22 million dollars and Providence Housing will distribute $3 million of those dollars to assist landlords with rental arrears as part of the Emergency Rent Assistance Program (ERAP). With the permission of their tenants, landlords may apply for dollars on behalf of their tenants.

Basic Eligibility:

Income qualifications:
• Tenant’s 2020 annual income must be at 80% AMI or below OR
• Tenant’s current monthly income must be at 80% AMI or below

COVID-19 impacted:
• Tenant had a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced another financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak

Risk of homelessness or housing instability (any of the following):
• Tenant has a past-due utility bill, past-due rent notice, or eviction notice
• Tenant is living in unsafe or unhealthy housing conditions
• Tenant has any other evidence of homelessness or housing instability

Additional Eligibility:

• There are no active health and safety violation in the unit

Eligible Assistance:

• Up to 12 months of back rent, back to March 2020 (amount documented by Landlord)
• Up to three months of future rent if the household cannot afford ongoing rent (to qualify for future rent, the household must also qualify for at least one month of back rent)


Landlords interested in applying should email their request to Providence Housing will then forward you an application to complete with your tenant(s) and a list of required documents to return with the application. We will not be able to completely process an application until all of the paperwork is returned.

Due to the expected high volume of interest, we will be unable to respond to phone calls.