Governor Andrew Cuomo is still hard at work trying to help our state recover from COVID-19. Governor Cuomo recently announced that he is offering rental assistance to those that desperately need it.

Applications for the Coronavirus Relief Fund will begin on Thursday, July 16. The fund is designed to keep low-income families throughout New York in their homes. The program will assist those with the greatest need, who lost their income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will be funded through the CARES Act.

Governor Cuomo expressed his belief that no New Yorker should lose housing due to COVID-19. Governor Cuomo is still working to reopen New York in a safe, data-driven way. He vowed to reopen New York in phases and to provide direct assistance to those in greatest need.

Governor Cuomo has the support of senators in his efforts to help the citizens of New York. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “Despite the progress, we have made in fighting COVID-19, millions of New Yorkers are struggling because of this virus and the economic crisis. Providing direct aid to overburdened renters will help these New Yorkers stay in their homes and be able to make ends meet. I applaud Senator Ryan Kavanaugh for advancing this legislation, my Senate Democratic Majority for passing it, and Governor Cuomo for signing it into law.”

We are living in very uncertain times. Homelessness is a harsh reality for millions of people throughout the world. It is my hope that this newly created renter assistance program will keep a lot of New Yorkers in their homes.

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