The Town of Hempstead and the Long Island Housing Partnership have launched an Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
The program is aimed at helping the more than 1,500 residents within the town who are facing housing insecurity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funded with $22 million of federal COVID relief money, the program is being operated by LIHP, which is currently accepting applications for the rental assistance.
The program can assist with current and prospective rent, arrears for utilities and home energy costs, and other expenses related to housing such as rental security deposits to ensure housing stability, according to a town statement. The program’s assistance could be provided for up to 12 months of payments, with an additional 3 months if necessary, and will cover arrears and costs accrued on or after March 13, 2020.
To qualify, applicants must reside in the town, have an annual household income at or below 80 percent of the area median income, and be at risk of homelessness or housing instability.
“This is one of various initiatives that has been made possible thanks to the advocacy of Senator Schumer in securing the extension of last year’s funding,” Hempstead Supervisor Don Clavin said in the statement. “Since the pandemic started, we have seen an increase in both home and food insecurity in our town. Initiatives with the INN, Island Harvest, Long Island Cares and now the Long Island Housing Partnership, are essential to help residents and families in the community face the unexpected challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.”