Supervisor Don Clavin, along with the entire Hempstead Town Board and the Long Island Housing Partnership, Inc. (LIHP), are reminding residents they still have an opportunity to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), as the second round is set to begin on August 17th. ERAP is a program directed to tenants and landlords who are facing housing insecurity because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Making the announcement were Supervisor Clavin and the LIHP, along with Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and Councilmembers Bruce Blakeman, Anthony D’Esposito, Dennis Dunne, Sr., Tom Muscarella, Chris Carini, and Town Clerk Kate Murray and Receiver of Taxes Jeanine Driscoll.
Town of Hempstead and LIHP officials announced that the application phase will run from August 17 through September 28, and that they will work together to ensure all residents facing housing uncertainty have an opportunity to apply for this funding.
“This is one of various initiatives that have been possible thanks to the advocacy of Senator Schumer in securing the extension of last year’s funding,” said Supervisor Clavin. “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present unprecedented challenges to families in our community, and using these funds to help alleviate concerns with housing insecurity is one of our top priorities. We implore any Town of Hempstead resident facing challenges in keeping a roof over their heads as a result of the pandemic to apply as soon as possible to ensure they can take advantage of this 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. Assistance under this program, can be provided for up to 18 months of payments, subject to program restrictions and will cover arrears and costs accrued on or after March 13, 2020. There is no cap on the amount, and amounts may include the full amount of both rental and utility payments.
The Town is dedicating significant resources to launch an awareness campaign of this opportunity to encourage residents to apply. Town residents interested in the program who meet the criteria outlined below, are asked to fill out a short intake form at one of the following links:
English form: https://www.lihp.org/herapintake.html
Spanish form: https://www.lihp.org/herapintake-SP.html
The intake forms, as well as the program guidelines, will be available in English and Spanish. Those who fill out the intake form will be contacted after for the submission and compilation of documents. It is important for residents to know that this assistance program will work solely on a first-come, first-served basis; however, priority will be given to applicants that have a household member who has been unemployed for more than 90 days prior to the submission of the Intake Form; or have household incomes at or below 50 percent of the area median income as established by HUD.
“The Town of Hempstead and the Long Island Housing Partnership are committed that anyone in need, who qualifies, has the ability to apply” said Peter Elkowitz, President and CEO of LIHP.
Should residents need help filling out the intake form online, there will be resources available to assist. This includes other satellite locations in the Town of Hempstead, such as the Family and Children's Association (FCA), where representatives are available to assist residents on the intake form process. Interested residents can also call the LIHP’s established Call Center at (844) 260-7536. Furthermore, there are informational videos for both tenants and landlords on the LIHP website www.lihp.org also in different languages to help respond to any questions should these arise.
For more information about the Town of Hempstead and its efforts to improve the quality of life for residents and businesses throughout the region, visit https://hempsteadny.gov/.