Town of Hempstead is launching an Emergency Rental Assistance Program with the Long Island Housing Partnership, Inc. (LIHP) to help residents facing housing insecurity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. LIHP will spearhead the initiative and administer the program which has the potential to help more than 1,500 residents within the Town. The program is available for both tenants and landlords and is accepting applications. The deadline for submission is June 23, 2021.
Applications can be submitted through the website, via phone, or through one of LIHP’s partner organizations. To learn more about the program or send an application, residents can visit https://www.lihp.org/herapintake.html (English) and https://www.lihp.org/herapintake-SP.html (Spanish). Residents can also contact the Call Center at the following number 844-260-7536 and mail the required documentation for the application to LIHP’s office. Additionally, there are partner organizations such as the Family and Children’s Association (FCA 516-485-4289 x1268 and 516-485-5976 x3252) and the Leadership Training Institute (LTI 516-483-3400) where residents can go in-person to fill out the application with the help of trained staff members. The forms are in both English and Spanish as well as other languages upon request. Should a resident need assistance in any other language or a reasonable accommodation, they can call the LIHP’s Call Center.
Eligibility for this program requires applicants to be residents at the Town of Hempstead and be at risk of homelessness or housing instability. Additionally, their household income (from all sources) must be at or below 80% of the U.S. Department of Urban Development (“HUD”) Area Median Income (“AMI”). And, one member of the household should be one of the following: (a) qualified for unemployment, (b) had a reduction of income, (c) incurred significant costs, or (d) experienced financial hardship after March 13, 2020, due to Covid-19.