The Town of Hempstead has approved a $22.7 million relief grant for the Long Island Housing Partnership to create an emergency rental assistance program.
The new program is designed to help the more than 1,500 residents within the town who are facing housing insecurity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. LIHP will spearhead the initiative and administer the program that will provide assistance to people in need, according to a town statement.
The program can assist with current and prospective rent, arrears for utilities and home energy costs, and other expenses related to housing such as rental security deposits to ensure housing stability. Assistance under this program could be provided for up to 12 months of payments, with an additional three months if necessary to ensure housing stability. It will cover arrears and costs accrued on or after March 13, 2020.
There will be informational videos for both tenants and landlords on the LIHP website at lihp.org to help respond to any questions.
“The Long Island Housing Partnership is proud to work in partnership with Supervisor Clavin and the Town of Hempstead to provide rental assistance to those low- and moderate- income residents struggling to pay their rent due to COVID-19 impacts,” Peter Elkowitz, LIHP president and CEO, said in the statement.