TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services’ (INHS) COVID-19 related loss of income rental assistance program is still accepting applications. In the program announced in June, residents can apply to receive up to three months of rent relief if they experienced a COVID-19 related loss of income and fall within the household income limits

Approximately $790,000 of INHS’ existing grant funding has been made available to Tompkins County residents for this program, enough to serve about 150 households outside the City of Ithaca. INHS also received an additional $190,000 from the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency’s (IURA) Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) to serve approximately 50 households in the City of Ithaca.

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“These last few months have shined a glaring spotlight on the importance of safe, stable housing for all people,” said Executive Director Johanna Anderson. “At INHS, we are committed to helping our neighbors remain in their homes; not just during this time of crisis, but always. To ensure access for all, we are able to receive and process paperwork electronically, by mail, or by hand-delivering it to the drop-box located on the front porch of our main office.”

Renters must acquire the property’ owners’ approval in order to be eligible for this assistance, notes INHS. The property must also meet condition requirements. 

In addition to submitting the applications, renters must also provide a copy of their current lease, proof of COVID-19 income loss, and copies of the most recent two months of statements for all bank and/or investment accounts. 

For more information, you can visit the INHS website here or call 607-277-4500.