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Rental Arrear Assistance

If you are looking for ongoing assistance paying your rent through a housing voucher program (Section 8 / Housing Choice Voucher), open waiting lists here.

COVID-19 has been a hard time for all and many have had trouble paying their rent. You may be able to work out something with your landlord to pay back rent you owe to help you stay housed.

Check out information on rental repayment plans here. 

COVID-19 Rental Assistance Programs

If you fell behind on rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following programs may be able to help with one time assistance. If you are behind on your mortgage or facing foreclosure, check out resources here.

If you are a Nassau County resident, faced financial hardship and fell behind on rent or utility payments from some point on or after March 13, 2020 you may be eligible for help paying your rental arrears. The program can make payments for up to 6 months of rent at the fair market rate. Apply through CDCLI using the link above.

If you have been a resident of the Town of Babylon since March 2020 and have fell behind on rent due to the loss of income from the pandemic, this program may be able to help you pay your overdue rent. Apply through CDCLI using the link above.

Residents of the Town of Islip who were financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are overdue on rent and/or utility costs are eligible to apply. 

Call: 631-647-5683 or 631-647-5685

Due to lack of funds, this program cannot pay most applications submitted after September 21, 2021. However, the portal is still open and applications will be reviewed and funded if funds become available. Applying for ERAP can help prevent eviction while the application is being reviewed. Residents of Nassau and Suffolk are still encouraged to apply using the link above (exception of towns with separate programs, Hempstead, and Brookhaven.)

If you have already applied for ERAP with the help of our agency or are a resident of the Town of Brookhaven, click here.

Reopening December 9th, 2022!

Long Island Housing Partnership (LIHP) will be accepting applications for rental arrear payments for those impacted by COVID-19 in the Town of Hempstead (excludes Long Beach).


Residents of the Town of Oyster Bay who were financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are overdue on rent and/or utility costs may be eligible to apply for overdue rent and utilities, other housing related expenses and prospective rent. 

Call: 844-260-7541

Under the CARES Act, EOC of Suffolk has COVID-19 relief funds available for rent arrears, mortgage arrears, and utility arrears. For individuals facing homelessness who do not qualify for other financial assistance, and can maintain their expenses going forward, they can provide first month's rent, broker fees, or security deposit.


Fill out an application for assistance here

Call: 631-289-2124

Emergency Assistance

St. Vincent de Paul can provide one-time assistance for individuals and families in need throughout most communities on Long Island. They prioritize those at risk for homelessness. Connect online using the link above, over the phone, or through your local diocese.

Request Assistance: 516-822-3132

Department of Social Services

The One Shot Deal Emergency Assistance program helps people who cannot meet an expense due to an unexpected situation or event. Emergency assistance is provided for, but not limited to, the following situations: homelessness, dispossession/eviction (Rental Arrears up to 5 months, Move In Money: 1st Month - Security & Broker's Fee if applicable), utility disconnected or pending termination, fire disaster, domestic violence, or other circumstances that affect the health and safety of the individual or family.  Visit your local DSS office or call during office hours (8am - 4pm).


Suffolk: 631-854-9930

Local Salvation Army chapters may be able to provide one-time emergency rental assistance to pay past due rent or provide funds needed to move to a new unit. 

Hempstead: (516)-485-4900

Freeport: 516-378-4557

Westbury: 516-338-7265

East Northport: 631-368-1170

Riverhead: (631) 727-3338

General number: 800-728-7825

Emergency Assistance
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