Ulster County Housing Choice Voucher Rental Assistance (Section 8) Wait List IS OPEN

RUPCO, as Local Administrator for New York State Homes and Community Renewal (NYSHCR), will open the Ulster County Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Waiting List, also known as Section 8. The Ulster County HCV Waiting List will be open 9:00 am, October 15, 2021, through 4:30 pm, November 15, 2021.

Housing Choice Voucher English Application   Housing Choice Voucher Spanish Application  

Starting on Octoer 15, interested applicants can download  an application or pick up a hard copy at RUPCO’s office; 289 Fair Street, Kingston. All applications must be completed, signed, and mailed or dropped off at the mailbox in the lobby of 289 Fair St. No faxed or e-mailed applications will be accepted.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program provides rental assistance for families with low or modest incomes to enable them to choose and lease affordable, privately owned rental housing. RUPCO administers the HCV program in Ulster and Greene Counties. The last time the Housing Choice Voucher Wait List was open in Ulster County was Spring 2019, and RUPCO is now re-opening the waiting list as the existing waiting list is nearing exhaustion.

Applicants must have annual household incomes that do not exceed the following limits established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

2021 INCOME LIMITS          

1 Family member

2 Family member 3 Family member

4 Family member

$30,750 $35,150 $39,550

$43,900

5 Family member 6 Family member 7 Family member

8 Family member

$47,450

$50,950 $54,450

$57,950

 

Housing Choice Voucher English Application       Housing Choice Voucher Spanish Application  

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What is HCV? HCV stands for Housing Choice Voucher. Eligible families are issued “vouchers” which show the family is eligible for rental assistance. Participants rent is limited to 30-40% of their adjusted monthly income and the remaining portion of the rent is covered by a subsidy. If the family is placed on the waitlist and then issued a voucher, they can look for a unit anywhere in Ulster County. When you find a location, the landlord agrees to accept a voucher holder, he/she must sign paperwork to follow program rules and to receive payment from NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation. 
  • What is the HCV Waitlist? This is the waitlist for Housing Choice Vouchers, formerly known as Section 8. Please note that the current opening of the waiting list is for the tenant-based program (not the project-based program). 
  • Are HCV and Section 8 the same thing? The Housing Choice Voucher program is also referred to as Section 8. 
  • How do I apply? Starting on October 15 at 9:00 am, Applications can be downloaded online at rupco.org and printed copies will be available in the RUPCO main lobby located at 289 Fair Street in Kingston, NY 12401. Applications must be mailed or dropped off in the drop box lobby at 289 Fair Street. We will not accept applications via email or fax.
  • When is the deadline to apply: The Housing Choice Voucher waitlist will be open starting Friday, October 15 at 9:00 am and will close on Monday, November 15, 2021 at 4:30 pm. All applications must be received by then. 
  • What can I do if I need help filling out the application? Applicants can call 845-331-2140 ext 245 for assistance. Staff will return your call within 48 hours. 

In addition, RUPCO will be hosting application assistance sessions exclusively for disabled, elderly, or homeless individuals at 2 Main St. Kingston on the following days:

  • Wednesday, October 20, from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 27, from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 3, from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 10, from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Monday, November 15, from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

All visitors must wear masks regardless of vaccination status. 

  • Do I have to fill out the whole application? Your application will be considered incomplete if any fields are left blank. In addition, proof of residency must also be submitted with your application. Applications will not be accepted without this documentation.
  • Do I need to submit proof of residency? For your application to be considered complete, you must include one form of accepted proof of residency. 
  • What is a valid proof of residency?

The following documentation will only be accepted proof of residency:

  • Driver’s License with corresponding address (licenses with only a P.O. Box address will not be accepted; HOWEVER, you may visit the Department of Motor Vehicles for a physical address sticker to apply to your License  
  • Copy of a current Lease
  • Copy of current utility bill (a utility bill is defined as a bill containing the applicant’s name and address for any recurring service like electric, water, etc.)
  • Documentation from DSS showing address (welfare benefits statement, food stamps, HEAP, Medicaid, etc.)
  • Documentation from a homeless shelter or agency indicating such circumstances
  • What happens after I submit my application? Once the waitlist closes, 2,000 families will be selected by a random computerized process to be placed on the wait list. Then, the list is sorted by preferences or priorities. 
  • What are preferences? Points are assigned to each preference, based on your application. The current preferences are for Homeless, Disabled, and Elderly. Proof of this preference will be required to be submitted once your name reaches the top of the waiting list. 
  • How will I know if I am on the waiting list? All applicants will receive a letter once the lottery is conducted informing them if they made the waiting list or not. Applicants will be notified by mail by February 15, 2022, confirming if they were or were not placed on the waitlist. 
  • What happens if I made the waitlist? Congratulations if you made it on the waitlist. However, you must wait until your name is selected to begin the eligibility process. Your name may take anywhere from 1-5 years to reach the top of the waiting list. Positions are subject to change, and therefore positions on the waitlist will not be released. 
  • What happens after the waitlist closes? A lottery will be conducted to determine who makes the waitlist and what position applicants are placed onto the waiting list. Families will be selected as there are openings in the voucher program. Once selected, families will be required to verify the information they reported on their application. If they meet the preferences, staff will begin to determine the family’s eligibility for the program. If the family does not meet the preferences they reported, the family will be returned to the waitlist with the reduced preference.
  • What if my information changes after I submit my waitlist application? Applicants must report in writing any changes in their income, household composition, or mailing address. RUPCO is not responsible for returned mail and should your mail be returned due to failure of updating your mailing address; you will be removed from the waitlist. In addition, if your name reaches the top of the waitlist and you failed to report your income changes and no longer qualify for the income limit you were originally eligible for, your name will be placed back onto the waiting list at the higher income limit you qualify for. Report all changes in writing by mail to: 

RUPCO
Attn: Housing Choice Voucher
289 Fair St. Kingston NY 12401
* All letters must include the name of full name of the applicant

  • Are all applications accepted to waitlists? RUPCO will be conducting a lottery once the waiting list closes. Approximately 2,000 applications will be chosen and placed on the waitlist. However, all applicants will receive a letter by February 15, 2022, informing them of whether they made the waiting list or not. If you do not make the waiting list, your application will be mailed back to you, informing you that you, unfortunately, did not make the waiting list.
  • Are there any other housing assistance programs offered in Ulster County, NY?  Please visit https://ulstercountyny.gov/aging/senior-housing  for additional resources that offer rental assistance. 
  • How can I verify if I’m on the Ulster County HCV waiting list? Please allow RUPCO 90-days from date the waiting list closes to confirm whether you made the lottery and your name was placed onto the waiting list. Applicants will be notified by mail by February 15, 2022, confirming if they were placed on the waitlist.
  • Where am I on the waitlist? Positions on the waitlist are subject to change due to preferences. Therefore, RUPCO does not release positions on the waiting list.
    How long will it take to receive a voucher? The average wait for a voucher is approximately 1-5 years. There are many families and individuals who have applied for housing assistance and are on the waiting list for the Housing Choice Voucher tenant-based program. We cannot predict when your name will reach the top of the waiting list. Please be sure to keep your contact information current with RUPCO and report all changes in income, household composition, and mailing address.  Report all changes in writing by mail to:
    RUPCO
    Attn: Housing Choice Voucher Dept.
    289 Fair St. Kingston, NY, 12401
    * All letters must include the name of full name of the applicant
  • What happens when my name reaches the top of the waitlist? You will be notified by mail only once your name reaches the top of the waiting list. Then, you will be given 10-business days to contact our office to conduct a phone screening to determine that you are still income-eligible and confirm the information reported on your application.
  • What if I am behind on my rent? RUPCO does not assist with back rent or security. Subsidy on a unit will only begin once all eligibility requirements have been met, all required documentation has been provided, and your unit has passed a Housing Quality Standard inspection. Subsidy on all units may only begin on the 1st or the 15th of the month.

If you are currently behind on your rent, you can visit: https://rupco.org/1940037-2/ to learn more about the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program. 

  • Once issued a voucher, can I transfer my voucher? You are eligible to transfer your voucher to another county or state if you were a legal resident of Ulster County at the time you applied and your proof of residency supplied indicated this as well. However, if you were not a legal resident of Ulster County when you applied to the waitlist, then you mustreside in Ulster County for 12-consecutive months before being eligible to transfer your voucher. There are no exceptions to this requirement and reasonable accommodations will not be accepted to waive this one-year rule.

LISTA DE ESPERA PARA EL PROGRAMA DE VALES DE ELECCION DE VIVIENDA DEL CONDADO DE ULSTER PREQUENTAS FRECUENTES 

  • ¿Qué es el Programa de Vales de Elección de Vivienda? También referido como Sección 8 o Housing Choice Voucher (HCV). Los participantes reciben “vales” o vouchers que muestran que la familia es elegible para recibir asistencia para el alquiler. Este programa limita los pagos de alquiler de un participante a un 30-40% de su ingreso mensual ajustado, el resto es pagado por una subvención. Si una familia es agregada a la lista de espera y luego reciben un vale, podrán buscar una unidad para renta en cualquier lugar del condado de Ulster. Cuando encuentre una ubicación, el propietario acepta aceptar un vale, debe firmar la documentación para seguir las reglas del programa y recibir el pago de NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation.
  • ¿Qué es la lista de espera para Programa de Vales de Elección de Vivienda? Esta es la lista de espera para recibir un vale de elección de vivienda, (también conocido como Sección 8). Tenga en cuenta que la apertura actual de la lista de espera es para el programa basado en inquilinos (no el programa designado a proyectos)
  • ¿El programa de Vales de Elección de Vivienda es lo mismo la Sección 8? Si. El programa de Vales de Elección de Vivienda también se conoce como Sección 8. O Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) en inglés.
  • ¿Cómo puedo aplicar? A partir del 15 de Octubre a las 9:00 am, las aplicaciones podrán ser descargadas en www.rupco.org y las copias impresas estarán disponibles en el vestíbulo principal de RUPCO ubicado en 289 Fair Street en Kingston, NY 12401. Las solicitudes deben enviarse por correo o entregarse en el vestíbulo del buzón en 289 Fair Street. No aceptaremos solicitudes por correo electrónico o fax.
  • ¿Cuándo es la fecha límite para entregar la aplicación?  La lista de espera del Vales de elección de vivienda estará abierta a partir del viernes 15 de Octubre a las 9:00 am y cerrará el lunes 15 de Noviembre de 2021 a las 4:30 pm. Todas las solicitudes deben recibirse para entonces.
  • ¿Qué puedo hacer si necesito ayuda para completar la aplicación? Los solicitantes pueden llamar al 845-331-2140 ext. 245 para obtener ayuda. El personal de RUPCO le devolverá la llamada en un plazo de 48 horas.

Adicionalmente, RUPCO organizará sesiones de asistencia con la solicitud exclusivamente para personas discapacitadas, ancianas o sin hogar en 2 Main St. Kingston en los siguientes días:

– Miércoles 20 de octubre, de 9:30 a.m. a 12:00 p.m.
– Miércoles 27 de octubre, de 9:30 a.m. a 12:00 p.m.
– Miércoles 3 de noviembre, de 9:30 a.m. a 12:00 p.m.
– Miércoles 10 de noviembre, de 9:30 a.m. a 12:00 p.m.
– Lunes 15 de noviembre, de 9:30 a.m. a 3:30 p.m.
Todos los visitantes deben usar máscaras independientemente de su estado de vacunación.

  • ¿Tengo que completar toda la aplicación? Si. Su aplicación se considerará incompleta si deja algún campo en blanco. Además, también deberá  presentar un comprobante de residencia con su solicitud. No se aceptarán solicitudes sin esta documentación.
  • ¿Necesito presentar prueba de residencia? Si. Para que su solicitud se considere completa, debe incluir una forma valida de prueba de residencia aceptada.
  • ¿Qué es una prueba válida de residencia? Solo se aceptará la siguiente documentación como comprobante de residencia:
  • Licencia de conducir con la correspondiente dirección (no se aceptará Licencias con sólo una dirección de PO Box, SIN EMBARGO, usted puede visitar el Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados para una obtener una calcomanía de una dirección física para colocar en su licencia).
  • Copia de su contrato de arrendamiento (o renta) actua
  • Copia de una factura o recibo de servicios públicos o utilidades (una factura de servicios públicos se define como un proyecto de ley que contiene el nombre y la dirección del solicitante de cualquier servicio que se repite como electricidad, agua, etc.)
  • Documentación de DSS que muestra la dirección (declaración de prestaciones sociales, vales de comida, HEAP, Medicaid, etc.)
  • Documentación de un refugio para personas sin hogar o de una agencia indicando tales circunstancias.
  • ¿Qué sucede después de entregar mi aplicación? Una vez que se cierre la lista de espera, 2,000 familias serán seleccionadas mediante un proceso computarizado al azar para ser colocadas en la lista de espera. Después, la lista es ordenada por preferencias o prioridades.
  • ¿Qué son las preferencias? Los puntos se asignan a cada preferencia, según su aplicación. Las preferencias actuales son para personas sin hogar, discapacitados y ancianos. Se requerirá que presente una prueba de esta preferencia una vez que su nombre llegue a la parte superior de la lista de espera.
  • ¿Cómo sabré si estoy en la lista de espera? Todos los solicitantes recibirán una carta una vez que se realice el sorteo informándoles si fueron colocados en la lista de espera o no. Los solicitantes serán notificados por correo antes del 15 de febrero de 2022, confirmando si fueron o no incluidos en la lista de espera.
  • ¿Qué sucede si fui colocado en la lista de espera? Felicidades si fue colocado en la lista de espera. Sin embargo, debe esperar hasta que se seleccione su nombre para comenzar el proceso de elegibilidad. Su nombre puede tardar entre 1 y 5 años en llegar a la parte superior de la lista de espera. Las posiciones están sujetas a cambios y, por lo tanto, las posiciones en la lista de espera no serán publicadas.
  • ¿Qué sucede después de que se cierra la lista de espera? Se llevará a cabo un sorteo para determinar quién está en la lista de espera y qué aplicantes se colocan en la lista de espera. Se seleccionarán familias cuando existan vacantes en el programa de vales. Una vez seleccionadas, las familias deberán verificar la información que proporcionaron en su solicitud. Si cumplen con las preferencias, el personal comenzará a determinar la elegibilidad de la familia para el programa. Si la familia no cumple con las preferencias que proporcionaron, la familia volverá a la lista de espera con la preferencia reducida.
  • ¿Qué pasa si mi información cambia después de enviar mi aplicación? Todos los solicitantes deben informar por escrito cualquier cambio en sus ingresos, composición del hogar o dirección postal. RUPCO no es responsable por correo devuelto y en caso de que su correo sea devuelto debido a que no se actualizó su dirección postal; será eliminado de la lista de espera. Además, si su nombre llega a la parte superior de la lista de espera y no informó los cambios en sus ingresos y ya no califica para el límite de ingresos para el que originalmente era elegible, su nombre se colocará nuevamente en la lista de espera en el límite de ingresos más alto que usted califica actualmente.

Informe todos los cambios por escrito por correo a:
RUPCO
Atención: Departamento HCV
289 Fair St. Kingston NY 12401
* Todas las cartas deben incluir el nombre completo del solicitante.

  • ¿Todas las aplicaciones son colocadas en la lista de espera? No. RUPCO realizará un sorteo una vez que se cierre la lista de espera. Aproximadamente 2,000 solicitudes serán elegidas y colocadas en la lista de espera. Sin embargo, todos los solicitantes recibirán una carta antes del 15 de Febrero de 2022, informándoles si están en la lista de espera o no. Si no está en la lista de espera, se le enviará su solicitud por correo, informándole que, desafortunadamente, no está en la lista de espera.
  • ¿Se ofrecen otros programas de asistencia para la vivienda en el condado de Ulster, NY? Si. Visite https://ulstercountyny.gov/aging/senior-housing para obtener recursos adicionales que ofrecen asistencia para el alquiler.
  • ¿Cómo puedo verificar si estoy en la lista de espera de HCV del condado de Ulster? Permita 90 días después de que RUPCO cierra la lista de espera para confirmar si su nombre fue incluido en la lista de espera. Los solicitantes serán notificados por correo antes del 15 de febrero de 2022, confirmando si fueron incluidos en la lista de espera.
  • ¿Qué numero soy en la lista de espera? Las posiciones en la lista de espera están sujetas a cambios debido a preferencias. Por tanto, RUPCO no divulga esta información.

¿Cuánto tiempo se tarda en recibir un vale? La espera promedio para un vale o voucher es de aproximadamente 1 a 5 años. Hay muchas familias e individuos que han solicitado ayuda para la vivienda y están en la lista de espera para el programa. No podemos predecir cuándo su nombre llegará al principio de la lista de espera. Asegúrese de mantener actualizada su información de contacto con RUPCO e informar todos los cambios en los ingresos, la composición del hogar y dirección postal.

Informe todos los cambios por escrito por correo a:
RUPCO
Atención: Departamento HCV
289 Fair St. Kingston NY 12401
* Todas las cartas deben incluir el nombre completo del solicitante.

  • ¿Qué sucede cuando mi nombre llega a la cima de la lista de espera? Se le notificará por correo cuando que su nombre llegue al principio de la lista de espera. Luego, se le otorgarán 10 días hábiles para comunicarse con nuestra oficina y realizar una revisión telefónica para determinar que aún cumple con los requisitos de ingresos y confirmar la información proporcionada en su solicitud.
  • ¿Qué pasa si estoy atrasado en mis pagos de alquiler? RUPCO no ayuda con el alquiler atrasado o depósitos. El subsidio para una unidad solo comenzará una vez que se hayan cumplido todos los requisitos de elegibilidad, se haya proporcionado toda la documentación requerida y su unidad haya pasado una inspección del estándar de calidad de la vivienda. El subsidio para todas las unidades solo puede comenzar el 1 o el 15 del mes.

Si actualmente está atrasado en el pago del alquiler, puede visitar: https://rupco.org/1940037-2/ para obtener más información sobre el Programa de asistencia de emergencia para el alquiler del estado de Nueva York.

  • Una vez que ya cuente con un vale, ¿Lo puedo transferir? Usted es elegible para transferir su vale a otro condado o estado si era un residente legal del condado de Ulster en el momento en que entrego la aplicación y su prueba de residencia proporcionada también lo indica. Sin embargo, si no era un residente legal del condado de Ulster cuando aplico para la lista de espera, debe vivir en el condado de Ulster durante 12 meses consecutivos antes de ser elegible para transferir su vale. No hay excepciones a este requisito y no se aceptarán adaptaciones razonables para eliminar la regla de un año.

Housing Choice Voucher English Application       Housing Choice Voucher Spanish Application  

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Elección de Vivienda del condado de Ulster Preguntas Frecuentes

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RUPCO to acquire and renovate the Quality Inn in the Town of Ulster, NY

We are thrilled to announce that through a partnership with Ulster County Executive Pat RyanFamily of Woodstock Inc and Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster, NY, that the Quality Inn on Route 28 in the Town of Ulster, will be renovated to provide supportive housing for families and individuals. 

The hotel’s 145 rooms would be converted to approximately one hundred apartments with kitchen and other amenities to help address the critical need to provide housing to those most vulnerable. In addition, wrap-around services including health and mental health care, career counseling and job training, childcare, and support for finding permanent housing will be provided at the site. The ability to provide all of these services onsite will greatly accelerate residents’ ability to secure sustainable, permanent housing. The hotel restaurant will be renovated to serve both residents and the community and may be used for job training opportunities.

Coming out of the pandemic, Ulster County will continue to do everything that we can to assist those most vulnerable among us. No one in our community should go homeless, ever. These new apartments, along with all the supportive services, will allow our residents to live with dignity and pride while accessing critical services and support during a difficult time.
 
The site will offer transportation, health services and mental health care, career counseling and job training, childcare, and support for finding permanent housing. The hotel restaurant will be renovated to serve both residents and the community and may be used for job training opportunities. The first emergency housing units at the new facility are expected to be available to begin meeting these needs by the Spring of 2022.
RUPCO’s 40th Anniversary Community Lunch

 

Join us to celebrate 40 years of creating homes, supporting people, and improving communities! Mark your calendar for Community Lunch this November 4, 11:30 AM at The Chateau.  

We are excited to welcome back our friends, family, and supporters this fall, where we will gather to discuss important topics around the housing need in the Hudson Valley and our work. Take a stroll down memory lane with us as we look back at four decades of creating affordable housing and fostering community development.

This year, we’re honored to have Marietta Rodriguez, President and CEO of NeighborWorks America, as our keynote speaker.

Formed in 1981 as Rural Ulster Preservation Company and rebranded in 2013 as “RUPCO,” our agency has expanded its geographical reach and breadth of services throughout the years. Still, we have stayed true to our original mission – to create homes and improve communities.

We hope you are able to join or support us in this informative conversation. We are looking forward to seeing you all then! 

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Health and Safety

To ensure the safety of our guests, RUPCO is requiring that all attendees show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result (taken no more than 2 days prior) upon entry.  RUPCO is also offering the opportunity to join the event virtually for individuals who are unable to attend in person. 

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Energy Square was named a LEED Homes Outstanding Affordable 2021 Project of the Year

USGBC‘s annual LEED Homes Awards recognize some of the most innovative and transformative LEED-certified residential projects, and the teams that made them happen, from all around the world.

Energy Square was named a LEED Homes Outstanding Affordable Project of the year! USGBC‘s annual LEED Homes Awards recognize some of the most innovative and transformative LEED-certified residential projects, and the teams that made them happen, from all around the world.

View the other amazing projects recognized by USGBC this year here

New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will provide significant economic relief to help low and moderate-income households at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability by providing rental arrears, temporary rental assistance and utility arrears assistance.Seven communities that received funding for emergency rental assistance directly from the federal government opted to administer their own programs. Residents of City of Rochester and Monroe County, the City of YonkersOnondaga County and the towns of HempsteadIslip and Oyster Bay must apply with their local programs for emergency rental assistance and are ineligible for assistance from the state-administered Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

Eligibility

New York residents are eligible for ERAP if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Household gross income is at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). These income limits differ by county and household size. A household may qualify based on current income or calendar year 2020 income that is at or below 80 percent AMI.
  • On or after March 13, 2020, a member of the household received unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs or experienced financial hardship, directly or indirectly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The applicant is obligated to pay rent at their primary residence and has rental arrears (rent overdue) at their current residence for rent owed on or after March 13, 2020.
  • The household must be at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, which can be demonstrated by having rental arrears owed on or after March 13, 2020.

There are no immigration status requirements to qualify for the program.

Households eligible for rental arrears may also be eligible for help paying utility arrears at the same rental unit.

Priority Applications

For the first 30 days of the program, priority will be given to households in the following order:

  1. Households with income at or below 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) that also include a household member who:
    • Is currently unemployed for at least 90 days; or
    • Is a veteran; or
    • Is currently experiencing domestic violence or is a survivor of human trafficking; or
    • Has an eviction case related to their current residence pending in court; or
    • Resides in a mobile home; or
    • Lives in a community that was disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 (Check your ZIP Code); or
    • Lives in a dwelling of 20 or fewer units.
  2. Households with income at or below 50 percent AMI.
  3. Households with income at or below 80 percent AMI that also include a household member who:
    • Is currently unemployed for at least 90 days; or
    • Is a veteran; or
    • Is currently experiencing domestic violence or is a survivor of human trafficking; or
    • Has an eviction case related to their current residence pending in court; or
    • Resides in a mobile home; or
    • Lives in a community that was disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 (Check your ZIP Code); or
    • Lives in a dwelling of 20 or fewer units.
  4. Households with income at or below 80 percent AMI.

After the first 30 days, applications for all eligible households will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, as long as funds remain available.

Benefits

Households approved for ERAP may receive:

  • Up to 12 months of rental arrears payments for rents accrued on or after March 13, 2020.
  • Up to 3 months of additional rental assistance if the household is expected to spend 30 percent or more of their gross monthly income to pay for rent.
  • Up to 12 months of electric or gas utility arrears payments for arrears that have accrued on or after March 13, 2020.

Payments will be made directly to the landlord/property owner and utility company on behalf of the tenant. Tenant applicants will be notified of the amounts paid on their behalf. If a landlord is difficult to locate or does not otherwise provide information needed to complete the application, funds will be held for up to 180 days to allow sufficient time to locate the landlord and collect required information as well as to provide tenant protections and maximize landlord participation.

Apply

Program open as of June 1, 2021. Applications are now being accepted.

Documents you will need to apply when the program is open:

Renter Applicants

Renters will need to provide:

  • Personal identification for all household members. Acceptable forms of identification include: A photo ID, driver license or non-driver government-issued ID, passport, EBT/Benefits Issuance Card, birth or baptismal certificate, school registration.
  • Social Security number of any household members who have been issued one. Individuals do not need to have a lawful immigration status to qualify for the program.
  • Proof of rental amount, signed lease, even if expired. If no lease is available then proof can be shown through a rent receipt, canceled check or money order. If no documentation is available, landlord attestation will be accepted.
  • Proof of residency and occupancy – Signed lease, rent receipt, utility bill, school records, bank statement, postal mail with name of applicant, insurance bill, or driver license. Proof should be current.
  • Proof of Income to document income eligibility:
    • Documents demonstrating monthly income for the prior month, such as pay stubs, bank account deposit verification, unemployment benefits letter, or other proof;OR
    • Documents demonstrating annual income for 2020, such as a W-2 tax form from an employer, an annual statement of earnings, or a copy of a completed income tax return, such as a 1040, 1040EZ, 1099 tax form, or other evidence of 2020 annual income.
    • Self-attestation of income is permitted in certain circumstances where no documentation is available such as certain self-employment.
  • Copy of gas or electric utility bill, if applying for help paying for utility arrears at the same rental unit.

Applicants will be asked to attest that on or after March 13, 2020, a member of the household received unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs or experienced other financial hardship, directly or indirectly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The applicant will need to sign the application form and associated certifications agreeing that the information provided in the application is accurate.

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Landlord Applicants

Landlords and property owners will need to provide:

  • Completed W-9 tax form.
  • Executed lease with tenant applicant, or if there is no written lease, a cancelled check, evidence of funds transfer or other documentation of the last full monthly rent payment.
  • Documentation of rent due from tenant (e.g. ledger, etc.) or attestation on application.
  • Banking information to receive direct deposit payment.

The property owner or an authorized property management company will be required to sign the application form and associated certifications agreeing that the information provided, including the amount of rental arrears owed, is accurate and does not duplicate a payment received from another program.

The property owner or authorized property management company must also agree to the following terms as a condition of accepting rental arrears payments:

  • The ERAP payment satisfies the tenant’s full rental obligations for the time period covered by the payment.
  • Waive any late fees due on any rental arrears covered by the ERAP payment.
  • Not increase the monthly rental amount above the monthly amount due at the time of application for ERAP assistance for months for which rental assistance is received and for one year from receipt of the ERAP payment.
  • Not evict the household on behalf of whom the ERAP payment is made for reason of expired lease or holdover tenancy for one year from the receipt of the ERAP payment. An exception to this requirement shall be made if the dwelling unit contains four or fewer units and the property owner or owner’s immediate family members intend to immediately occupy the unit for use as a primary residence.

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Helpful Videos for Tenants and Landlords

Understanding the NYS ERAP Program and Applying for Funding – Details the various application and documentation requirements and how to apply for ERAP.

Navigating the ERAP Homepage – Overview of the ERAP Portal Homepage, and its navigation features.

Using the Tenant Application and Uploading Documents – Step-by-step walkthrough of the application and document upload process.

Understanding the Landlord Portal – Demonstration of the landlord portal, and associated features.

Ready to Apply?

Apply for the ERAP online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

APPLY FOR ERAP

Application for City of Kingston Land Bank Homes

The Kingston City Land Bank (KCLB)  is undertaking the construction and sale of 3 single-family homes in Kingston. These properties were foreclosed upon by the City of Kingston and the KCLB acquired the properties from the City for the full value of back taxes.

Construction is currently underway and these 3 homes are expected to be ready for purchase and occupancy in the third Quarter of this year.

KCLB is parterning with RUPCO  to qualify and assist those interested in applying to purchase these properties. Applications are due by July 10, 2021. 

Questions? Visit KCLB.org/homes for more information and to start your application.

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Kingston City Land Bank (KCLB), una organización independiente tipo 501(c)3, comenzó la renovación y venta de tres viviendas unifamiliares aquí en Kingston, NY. Estas propiedades pasaron por el proceso de ejecución judicial en la Ciudad de Kingston y KCLB las adquirió las por el precio de su mora fiscal.

Hemos iniciado la construcción y esperamos que estarán listas para su compra y podrán ser ocupadas a finales del 2021.

KCLB está colaborado con RUPCO evaluar y asistir a quienes estén interesados en comprar las viviendas. Fecha límite para aplicaciones: 10 de Julio 2021

¿Preguntas? Visite KCLB.org/homes para obtener más información y comenzar su solicitud.

HOMEOWNERSHIP GRANTS AVAILABLE IN SULLIVAN COUNTY

Interested in purchasing a home in Sullivan County? RUPCO is administering a homeownership grant program for Sullivan County first-time homebuyers. Up to $25,000 is available for income eligible households for down payment, closing costs and post closing rehab. Contact Frank Robusto, frobusto@rupco.org (845) 331-9860 ext 320 for an eligibility screen. ⠀

COVID-19 Resources for Tenants & Landlords
RUPCO NYS-LAP COVID-19 Resources from Tenants and Landlords

Spring 2020

RUPCO wants to make sure that tenants and landlords have the most up to date information related to COVID-19. There are several resources available that offer daily updates on COVID-19. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease spread between people who are in close contact with one another. Apartment buildings and other shared living spaces pose the increased potential risk of persons spreading the virus. Tenants and Landlords can start preparing for the virus by being proactive with preventative steps and with communication while working as a team.

TENANTS:

Know your rights during the COVID-19 crisis:

  • Landlords cannot participate in “rent gouging,” by increasing rent in order to capitalize on the crisis.

  • If you have a current lease, your landlord cannot increase your rent until it expires. If you are rent stabilized or rent controlled, the landlord is limited in the amounts it can increase your rent (currently 1.5 percent for a 1 year renewal and 2.5 percent for a 2 year renewal).

  • For market rate tenants whose lease is expiring or are month-to-month tenants, your landlord must provide you with advance written notice of any rent increases above 5 percent.

    • 90 days written advance notice if you have lived in your apartment two years or more, or if you have a two-year lease;

    • 60 days written advance notice if you have lived in your apartment for more than one year, but less than two years;

    • 30 days advance written notice if you have lived in your apartment for less than one year, or have a lease for less than one years.

Even if you are given proper advance notice of the rent increase, your landlord cannot charge you the increase in rent unless you accept it by signing a lease, paying the increase, or take another affirmative step.

  • If you refuse to pay the increase, the landlord must go to court to evict you. However, your landlord cannot bring you to court because there is currently a moratorium on both new cases and evictions.

  • Landlords cannot withhold essential services over failure to pay rent.

  • A landlord’s failure to provide essential services such as hot water or electricity is a breach of the warranty of habitability.

  • If your landlord has failed to provide essential services to you, you can call your local Code Enforcement office to complain about a loss of essential services such as heat and hot water or other bad conditions. The deliberate disruption or discontinuance of essential services may also constitute harassment as described above.

  • New York state anti-harassment laws make it illegal for landlords to engage in any action that is intended to force tenants to leave their homes or otherwise give up their rights under law.

  • Landlords are prohibited from interfering with tenants’ privacy, comfort, and quiet enjoyment of their homes. It is a Class A Misdemeanor for a landlord to threaten a tenant, change a tenant’s locks, or otherwise try to force a tenant from her apartment without a court order, whether that tenant is paying rent or not.

  • Landlords are also prohibited from engaging in disruptive construction or renovation projects in your building that interfere with your health, safety, and use of your apartment. These actions could be considered harassment.

  • Landlords cannot discriminate against or evict a tenant because the tenant, or someone the tenant lives with, has contracted or had COVID-19, or the landlord thinks that the tenant has or had COVID-19.

  • If you are elderly or have a physical, mental, or medical impairment, which may include a COVID-19 related illness, you are protected from housing discrimination under the federal, state, and city laws, including the New York State Human Rights Law.

  • Landlords also cannot discriminate against a tenant or treat a tenant differently or unfairly because of their immigration status or because the tenant is from, or looks like the tenant is from, a country where there is a serious COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Landlords cannot refuse to protect a tenant if the tenant is being harassed by other tenants because the tenant is from, or looks like the tenant is from, a country where there is a serious COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Posting a notice that someone has an illness would be considered discrimination unless it is necessary to protect the health of others. Generally, there is no need to identify a person who has contracted the coronavirus. Instead, a landlord can post a notice stating that someone within the building has contracted the coronavirus without identifying the person who got ill.

  • If you have questions or believe you have been a victim of harassment or discrimination of this kind, contact the OAG Civil Rights Bureau by emailing civil.rights@ag.ny.gov or calling 800-771-7755.

  • If a New York State Sheriff attempts to evict you, you should contact the Sheriff’s office and then your local County office’s general number to report a violation of the Governor’s Executive Order.

  • If a Landlord locks you out or tries to evict you, also known as “self-help evictions,” which are unlawful in New York State, you should call 911 and show the police officer identification, lease, or public utility bill with your name and address.

Ulster County’s Tenants Protection Unit

COVID-19 : Vaccine Information

Links to helpful information from the CDC and other sources.

COVID-19 Information and Resources by Google
How COVID-19 Spreads
COVID-19 Symptoms
Prevention and Treatment
Stigma and Resilience
What to Do If You Are Sick With COVID-19

These resources track the spread of COVID-19:

COVID-19 Tracker and State-By-State Health Information
Kaiser Family Foundation Tracker

Links regarding rules on evictions given the crisis:

Cities Restrict/Refuse to Conduct Evictions During COVID-19 Outbreak
Coronavirus and Landlords: Effects on Evictions, Assets, and Liability

National Multifamily Housing Council COVID-19 Webinar Series
FHFA Moves to Provide Eviction Suspension Relief for Renters in Multifamily Properties

Other Helpful Links

National Apartment Association Coronavirus Micro-Webinar: How to Handle Maintenance During COVID-19
COVID-19 guidance for owners and managers of multifamily residential properties
If the coronavirus has you worried about your mortgage, do these four things
COVID-19: FAQ for Residential and Commercial Buildings

COVID-19 : NYS Vaccine Information

Guidance for Renters

Support for Renters: Fannie Mae Disaster Recovery Network
New York eviction suspension statewide
Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities
Utilities across NY to suspend disconnections for customers facing coronavirus hardships
Renters: How to Get COVID-19 Rent Relief

Additional Resources (Non-Profit/Small Business Support)

Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Guide and Checklist for Small Businesses and Nonprofits
Maintaining Business Continuing During COVID-19 Pandemic

Thank you for taking the time to review this and for taking steps to help our region flatten the curve. Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions, comments or concerns.

RUPCO is here to support you.
Michael D’Arcy
845-705-7883
https://rupco.org/nyslap/