How and when can you apply
NYS OTDA is accepting applications at otda.ny.gov/erap starting on June 1 at 9 am. Tenants and landlords can apply for rental arrears payment assistance. If eligible, these payments will be made to participating landlords directly. Details on the process and required documentation are expected soon, which will be posted on this page when they become available.
Funds for this program are limited and made available regionally. No specific amount has been allocated to Cayuga County. Once the application process opens up, funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until the regional allocation is exhausted.
Cayuga County has launched an intensive outreach and marketing campaign to alert tenants and landlords about this opportunity. The Department of Social Services along with community agencies are preparing to assist clients with eligibility questions, securing documentation, and completing the online application. Landlords with qualifying tenants are encouraged to discuss this program with them and help them apply when the time comes.
“We want to make sure our tenants and landlords are informed and ready to apply when the state portal opens,” says Ray Bizzari, Director of Community Services, “In partnership with community agencies we’ll do everything we can to assist eligible households access the much-needed funds to pay local landlords.”