New York Housing Conference joined with 11 other housing groups to express concern about the rollout of the state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) and calling for changes and improvements.

The groups welcomed the administration’s announcement of a more streamlined application process, there are still significant barriers to the application process, fund distribution remains intolerably slow, and significant spending progress has not yet been achieved.

With the State’s eviction moratorium set to expire at the end of this month, it is a moral and public health imperative that the State make additional improvements to the application portal, its data sharing practices, and its outreach efforts to ensure that vulnerable communities across New York State have the opportunity to apply for assistance. Additionally, the State must clear its application backlog by getting funds out immediately for applications that have already been submitted.

Read the letter here.