Important Information Regarding the Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) will be administering an Emergency Rental Assistance Program to provide eligible households in New York State with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord. OTDA is developing an online application portal for tenants and landlords to apply for this program and will be releasing additional information regarding eligibility criteria and the application process soon.

Last updated: February 19, 2021, 10:30 AM

External Affairs

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Kenneth Crannell, Director

Intergovernmental Affairs (IA)

The IA unit serves as OTDA’s liaison on legislative matters with the State Legislature, the Governor’s Office, other State agencies, Congress, Federal agencies, local governments, and a myriad of advocacy and provider organizations. IA is responsible for advocating on behalf of the agency’s priorities at all levels of government. As part of these efforts, IA works with other departments within OTDA to develop legislation and coordinates strategy to advance the agency’s mission of helping low-income New Yorkers.

The Public Information Office (PIO)

PIO coordinates public information activities with the Governor’s Communications Office; prepares and/or reviews and disseminates all official OTDA statements and publications; initiates media coverage and has sole responsibility for responding to media inquiries; and responds to requests for information under the Freedom of Information Law and the Personal Privacy Protection Law.

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