Since the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. began in early 2020, the novel coronavirus has emerged into a global health crisis. We’ve seen overcrowded hospitals, millions infected with COVID-19, and hundreds of thousands of deaths from complications from the virus. And on top of that, the U.S., and our region is experiencing a huge economic fallout from the pandemic.
WRFI News Intern Phoebe Harms reports on the efforts of the Ithaca Tenants Union and Ithaca City Council Members to support a movement happening across the country to provide economic relief to citizens: the push to cancel rent.
The Ithaca tenants union has also teamed up with Cornell law school to set up a housing hotline, which can be reached via email at ITUHousingHotline@gmail.com and by phone at 607-301-1560.
Renters seeking relief can also apply to a COVID Rent Relief Program through the state that will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that applicants won’t have to repay. To see your eligibility and how to apply, Call the COVID Rent Relief Program Call Center at 1-833-499-0318.