Round 2 of Rent-Relief Funding Now Available

(April 21, 2021) Round 2 of rent-relief funding to help prevent evictions and homelessness related to the Coronavirus Pandemic is now available. If you need assistance, begin by calling 211 where a pre-screening will be administered. One of 13 non-profit agencies contracted by the City and County will be available to assist qualified applicants. Since last summer 1944 households received assistance. With this second round of relief, the guidelines to qualify for rent relief are easier to navigate and landlords can also now apply for relief on behalf of their tenants with their consent.

I recognize the unique challenges of this economic crisis, and we must do all we can to alleviate the pain and suffering of our most vulnerable residents and their families, many of whom will soon be confronted with the prospect of eviction. I want to thank and commend Senator Charles Schumer and all of Rochester’s Congressional representatives fighting for the critical resources we need to help our residents maintain the foundation of a home during the Pandemic.

Partnerships like this help us preserve and protect the fundamental human right of safe, quality and affordable housing, which is a critical component of our efforts to create more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities.

The New York State moratorium on evictions is scheduled to be lifted May 1. Please don’t delay in applying for these critical resources.

City-County Funded Eviction Resources

Emergency Rental AssistanceCall 211 to applyOpen 24 hours as of April 1
PathStone Housing Hotline(585) 546-3700Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday
Free Legal Representation: The Tenant Defense Project(585) 504-6195Or email: www.TenantDefense.org