Harlem’s Espaillat, Dickens, De La Rosa And Others Bring #RentRelief Now For NY Residents

July 22, 2020

Representative Adriano Espaillat for Harlem released the following statement in support of $100 Million rent relief for constituents in New York’s 13th congressional district and throughout New York state.

“With historic business closures and economic challenges facing individuals and families, it remains critical that we protect tenants and continue our collaborative efforts at the federal, state and city levels to ensure emergency funding for rental assistance as our nation recovers from this truly monumental moment in our history,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “There is a rental crisis on the horizon and it demands that we act now to protect individuals and families along this journey to rebuild. I encourage all eligible tenants to apply for the New York State COVID Rent Relief Program, which launch this week to provide up to $100 million in rental assistance for residents throughout the state.”

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz said: “Millions of New Yorkers made incredible sacrifices to help stop the spread of COVID-19, including a significant loss of income for many of them. The $100 million that Congressman Espaillat helped secure from the federal government is a tremendous start that will make a life-changing difference in the lives of those families who are experiencing the highest need in our state. Keeping people in their homes and addressing the immense unmet need for financial relief must continue to be a top priority, and the United States government needs to step up and provide the level of funding that only they are capable of providing.”

“Although New York State has overcome many difficult challenges during the COVID epidemic in order to bring the number of infected persons down to manageable levels, the rest of the country has not taken our lead in fighting this deadly disease,” said Assemblywoman Inez E. Dickens.

“Although New York State has overcome many difficult challenges during the COVID epidemic in order to bring the number of infected persons down to manageable levels, the rest of the country has not taken our lead in fighting this deadly disease,” said Harlem Assemblywoman Inez E. Dickens. “To accomplish this feat, we have asked New Yorkers to make incredible sacrifices to their personal and professional lives to allow us the ability to tackle this with the severity it deserved. The least we can do is reward our residents with the rental assistance they have requested and finally bring relief to our residents. Thanks to Congress and the 13th CD Congressman Adriano Espaillat for passing the necessary budget legislation to provide the badly needed rent assistance to those impacted by COVID-19. This assists our residents and our small owners as residents can stay in their homes without fear and the small/micro-small owners can retain their buildings giving them the ability to pay real estate taxes, water, mortgages for these owners received no relief and continue to maintain viable and secure quality housing.”

“Even before our communities were devastated by COVID-19, the threat of displacement was real for many residents of Northern Manhattan, many severely rent-burdened. COVID-19 made a bad situation unbearable and today our communities are crying out for rent relief in order to ensure that they can keep a roof over their heads,” said Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa. “New York State sorely needed the $100 Million delivered through the CARES Act in order to provide assistance to our most vulnerable tenants. While our work is far from done when it comes to protecting New Yorkers in risk of homelessness, we look forward to the continued leadership of champions such as Congressman Espaillat to continue delivering for our tenants.”

First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his second term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the House Small Business Committee.  He serves as a Senior Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) where he also serves in a leadership role as CHC Whip.

He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing. Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx.  To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.

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