Rochester Housing Authority announces rent relief for those impacted by pandemic

Updated: April 20, 2020 12:45 PM
Created: April 20, 2020 08:08 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Residents and participants of the Rochester Housing Authority whose income has been affected by COVID-19 may be able to have their rent payments temporarily reduced by up to 100%.

Those currently enrolled in public housing or rental assistance programs through RHA can learn more about submitting a change of income request here.

“This global pandemic is having a great impact on the low-income community, who already struggle to make ends meet under regular circumstances,” Shawn Burr, deputy executive director at the RHA. “We want those we serve to know that we’re here to help and we encourage those that need help to reach out for assistance. By reducing a layer of financial stress, they can focus on what truly matters, the health and wellbeing of their families.” 

Public Housing Program

Residents of RHA-owned high rises, complexes, or scattered-site public housing developments should contact the on-site property management staff to request a hardship interim recertification. Based on their eligibility, residents may be granted a rent reduction, covering up to 100% of the contract rent, with no repayment requirement.

Section 8 Program

Participants must submit a written request to their RHA housing specialist, including documentation of loss of employment or change in work status from their employers, as well as if they are, or planning to receive unemployment benefits to submit a change of income request.

In both cases, replacement income, such as unemployment benefits, may be considered when determining household rent responsibility on a case-by-case basis.

Resources for Residents, Participants and Landlords

RHA has added a COVID-19 resource page to its website where residents, partners and property owners can find the most up-to-date information while the stay-at-home order is in effect. 

The site includes a FAQ and resource guide listing services being provided by RHA and its partners during this time.

RHA will also continue to release updates and news on its Facebook page

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