Farmingville, NY – – Supervisor Ed Romaine has announced that the Towns of Brookhaven and Babylon will share additional funding of up to $2 million from Suffolk County as part of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA-2). The program was created to address the unmet needs of eligible Town of Brookhaven tenants and landlords. In a letter, the Supervisor requested to have the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) return the money to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program application portal, which is controlled by NYS OTDA for the benefit of Brookhaven residents. It is estimated that the reallocated funds can help an additional 80 to 100 eligible households that need assistance to pay for rental arrears and prospective rent.
Supervisor Romaine said, “Supervisor Romaine said, “The pandemic is behind us, but there are still many Brookhaven Town residents who are experiencing residual economic hardship. The additional funds are available, and we will do whatever we can to provide assistance so they can stay in their homes. We helped a lot of people in need. Now, we have the opportunity to help even more people thanks to the assistance by Suffolk County.”
In his letter, Supervisor Romaine stressed the urgency of his request since the moratorium on evictions in New York State expired on January 15, 2022. To date, approximately 3000 Brookhaven Town residents have been assisted using ERAP funding.