July 27, 2021 By Allie Griffin
The state announced Monday that it has streamlined the application process for its rent relief program that aims to cover New Yorkers’ unpaid rent.
The announcement comes one day after U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said the state was too slow in distributing payments from its $2.7 billion rental assistance program, funded mainly by federal pandemic relief money.
Applications for the program opened on June 1, but the state has only paid out about $100,000 to needy renters thus far. If the state doesn’t distribute the funding by the end of September, the unused money will have to be returned to the federal government.