Saratoga Springs launches emergency housing assistance program

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A rental sign in front of an apartment complex Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona. (AP / Ross D. Franklin)

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly announced a new program in the city that offers up to six months of rent assistance to residents, with eligibility based on income level.

The COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance Program will supply up to six months of emergency housing funding for lower-income residents of Saratoga Springs to help prevent homelessness and rapidly rehouse those in need. Eligible applicants for emergency rental assistance must:

  • Live in Saratoga Springs
  • Have a pandemic-related lapse in income
  • Be in otherwise good standing with their landlord as of March 1, 2020
  • Be a low- to moderate-income household (80% area median income or below: AlbanySchenectady-Troy MSA)

2020 HUD guidelines for income levels

Household SizeLowModerate
1 person$ 33,950$ 54,350
2 people$ 38,800$ 62,100
3 people$ 43,650$ 69,850
4 people$ 48,500$ 77,600
5 people$ 52,400$ 83,850
6 people$ 56,300$ 90,050
7 people$ 60,150$ 96,250
8 or more people$ 64,050$ 102,450

The program will prioritize any households with a member who is documented as high-risk for severe COVID-19 infection. The service will work with those who need housing assistance on filling out applications and finding support for homelessness, evictions, and stability.

Applicants must work with a city-approved participating provider to access funds, including:

  • CAPTAIN Community Human Services
  • Catholic Charities of Saratoga County
  • Shelters of Saratoga
  • Veterans & Community Housing Coalition
  • Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY
  • Salvation Army of Saratoga Springs
  • Transitional Services Association and Wellspring

Head to the city’s website to find application forms, additional guidelines, and provider contact information.

CEHAP is funded by a Department of Housing and Urban Development grant through the CARES Act.

CEHAP flyer

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