New York City Residents Struggle To Get Rent Relief

Tens of thousands of people have been denied assistance because of the income criteria set by lawmakers. The city is expanding eligibility though.

Video Transcript

- New York City residents struggling to pay rent amid the pandemic are having a hard time getting the assistance they were promised. Back in July, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $100 million in aid to help people pay their rent. By October, only $40 million had been distributed to about 15,000 people. More than 100,000 people are in need of help with rent. Tens of thousands of people have been denied the assistance because of the income criteria set by lawmakers.

BONNEY GINETT: I've been enrolled in the rent relief program since July 30 of last year. And I got denied, didn't even know I was denied for several months, until I inquired.

- New York is expanding eligibility, and will reconsider applicants who were denied.