Maloney Urges Cuomo to Protect Renters, Expedite Rental Assistance

Jul 21, 2021
Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today sent a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urging him to take whatever steps are necessary to protect renters by quickly processing emergency rental assistance and, if necessary, working to extend the state’s eviction moratorium. Congresswoman Maloney helped secure approximately $2.3 billion in rental assistance funds for New York in the December 2020 Coronavirus relief package and the American Rescue Plan (ARP). To date, these funds have not yet been disbursed to renters in the state.

 

As she writes in her letter to Governor Cuomo, “the New York State eviction moratorium expires on August 31, 2021. With the rental assistance program still accepting new applications and not having processed any of the pending applications, I am not confident that funds will be distributed in time to protect the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who are at risk of eviction, causing additional stress for these households.”

 

Congresswoman Maloney secured a moratorium on all foreclosures and evictions from properties owned, insured, or overseen by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) in March 2020 after making a request to these agencies, in which she was joined by 106 of her House colleagues.

 

Full text of today’s letter to Governor Cuomo is below and a PDF can be found here.

 

Dear Governor Cuomo,

 

I am writing to urge you to take whatever steps are necessary to protect renters and to quickly process emergency rental assistance to avoid further hardship for our constituents. If necessary, I believe New York should extend its eviction moratorium until such time as the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is able to process and disburse funds to the thousands of applications that have been submitted, removing the risk of mass evictions or further confusion. 

 

Through the December 2020 Coronavirus relief package and the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Congress provided approximately $2.3 billion in rental assistance funds to New York. It is my understanding that New York opened its application for ERAP funds on June 1, 2021, and received 120,000 applications in the first 30 days. I understand that, to date, no funds have been disbursed to help renters with rental and utility arrears payments. As you know, the New York State eviction moratorium expires on August 31, 2021. With the rental assistance program still accepting new applications and not having processed any of the pending applications, I am not confident that funds will be distributed in time to protect the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who are at risk of eviction, causing additional stress for these households.

 

Accordingly, I urge you to take whatever steps are necessary to protect renters from eviction and to expedite the disbursement of ERAP funds. Thank you for your attention to this important matter. I stand ready to work with you to protect our constituents.

 

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