COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

  • Applications are not yet available for this program

Please see below about how to be contacted when applications become available

What is the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program? 

  • Saratoga County applied for and was issued funding from the U.S. Treasury for an Emergency Rental Assistance Program that will help people unable to pay their rent or utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who is Eligible? 

  • Eligible income-qualified households are those where at least one person meets the following criteria:
    • Is a renter in Saratoga County who, directly or indirectly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has
      • qualified for unemployment benefits, or
      • experienced a reduction in household income, or
      • has incurred significant costs, or
      • experienced other financial hardship;
    • Can demonstrate a risk of homelessness or housing instability, which may include:
      • a past due utility notice or
      • a past due rent notice or
      • an eviction notice;
    • Has a total household income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income.
    • Has unsafe or unhealthy living conditions
  • Priority will be given to households where
    • at least one person has been unemployed for the 90 days prior to application and
    • the household income is at or below 50% of the Area Median Income.
  • Households receiving rental assistance provided under this program cannot receive funding under any other federally funded rental assistance program (e.g., Section 8, public housing).

Note: Additional Eligibility Guidelines may be established by the U.S. Treasury and the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance in regards to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. These additional Eligibility Guidelines will be included as part of the application process.

How Can I Apply?

  • Applications for this program are currently not available.
  • Saratoga County will officially announce the opening of the application period once we are able to begin accepting applications.
  • Please see below for how to join our contact list.

How much rental assistance will the household receive?

The amount of rental assistance will be based on:

  • household income;
  • rent & rental arrears;
  • utility/energy costs & utility/energy arrears; and
  • the amount of funding available.
  • Rental assistance can be provided for up to 12 months of arrears.
  • There could be an additional three months of assistance, if funding remains and the household is deemed to need an additional three months to retain housing stability.

How will the household obtain this financial assistance?

  • Rental arrears will be paid directly to the landlord.
  • Utility or energy arrears will be paid directly to the utility or energy company.

Can you contact me when applications are available?

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