Legislator José Alvarado Offers Residents Help Navigating New Rent Assistance Program

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Westchester County Board Legislator José Alvarado (LD-15)

YONKERS, NY — June 6, 2021 — The city has received funds from the U.S. Department of Treasury to assist eligible city residents with the payment of back rent, prospective rent, utilities, past due utility bills, and in some cases, relocation expenses for unsafe or unhealthy living conditions.

Residents may be eligible for up to 12 months of assistance with rent and utilities. Expenses incurred prior to March 13, 2020 are not eligible.

Area renters who may be confused about the application process, or who need any kind of help with the program can contact Legislator Alvarado’s office by phone at (914) 995-2846 or by e-mail at Alvarado@westchesterlegislators.com.

Leg. Alvarado said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has been not just a health crisis but also a housing crisis. Many families and individuals, especially in Southwest Yonkers, are struggling to keep up with their rent, having lost jobs or earnings during the pandemic. Eviction moratoriums have kept people in their homes, but for many, back rent has continued to pile up. This program can be a lifeline for so many in our community, and I want everyone to know that my office is here to help in any way we can to get this important aid to people in the community.”

Eligible recipients must meet the following requirements:

  • Resident of Yonkers
  • An obligation to pay rent
  • You or a household member has been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Experienced or are at risk of housing instability
  • Your household is at or below 80 percent of area’s median income (that means for a household of four you must have earnings of $90,550 or less).

There are no immigration status requirements to qualify for the program.

Priority will be given to households with incomes less than 50% of area median income or households ($63,750  for a household of four), with one or more individuals that have not been employed for the 90-day period preceding the date of application.

The city has selected five not-for-profit partners to administer the program and help residents with applications. Applications will be accepted by these organizations only. The organizations are:

Cluster Community Services



Ray Addison

(914) 963-6500 ext 230.



The Bridge Fund of New York, Inc.



Sharon Whyte

(914)949-8146 x. 2


Manuel Rios

(914) 949-8146 x. 6



Westchester Residential Opportunities



Delores Palmer

428-4507 ext. 305



Catholic Charities



Marilyn Lucca

(914) 476-2700



For more information about the program, visit https://www.yonkersny.gov/work/department-of-planning-development/development/community-development/emergency-rental-assistance-program

Answers to frequently asked questions about the Yonkers Emergency Rental Assistance Program can be found at:


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