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COVID-19 Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program


Applications for the Oswego County COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program are being accepted as of September 8th.

 Are you having difficulty making your rental payment due to COVID-19 and being unemployed, underemployed or restricted from working due to illness? Oswego County has worked with the NYS Housing Community Renewal to provide short term rental assistance for income eligible renters in Oswego County. 

Grant Documentation

1. Tenant Based Rental Assistance Application Package
2. Landlord Application Material/ Documentation
3. Tenant Agreement (for approved applicants)

Program Details

The geographic service area is the County of Oswego. 

The Oswego County COVID-19 Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program can provide up to three (3) months’ rent, for a maximum of $3,000. This program is available for low income renters (60% of Area Median Income - AMI) directly impacted, who have experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19.  

Veteran Households earning 60% or less of the AMI will be a priority (must have proof of honorable service discharge form).   

The definition of income according to HUD 24 CFR Part 5 is any monetary payments received regularly. This includes: nontaxable income from a pension, retirement account or social security, as well as wages, unemployment, pensions, TANF and disability payments. All adults in the household must disclose their current income and complete the Oswego County TBRA Household member attestation form.

Foster care and childcare payments are not considered income. A live-in healthcare aide is not considered a family member, so their income is not required. If you have a question about what is considered income, it is best to list the source on your application or call for clarification.

60% OF AMI

Household Size   4  5
Income  $31,860  $36,420  $40,980   $45,840  $49,140  $52,800  $56,400  $60,060

Applications to the Oswego County Tenant Base Rental Assistance Program must be received by September 30, 2020 to be eligible for 3 months of rental assistance. Applications received after this date may not be eligible for 3 full months of assistance. The final closing for the first round of commitments is September 30, 2020. On September 30, 2020, a waiting list evaluation will be conducted on submitted applications. TBRA applications received after September 30, 2020 will be placed on a separate waiting list that will be reviewed when the first-round applicants have had their program eligibility and participation approved or denied.

All program applicants will receive written acceptance or denial via email or USPS.
Additional information: Tenant Selection Plan

The following federal regulations must be complied with by the Tenant and the Landlord:

Fair Housing Act of 1968 – Which states that a landlord shall not discriminate against the tenant in the provision of services or in any other manner, on the grounds of age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, handicap, national origin or familial status.

HUD Housing Quality Standards and Lead Base Paint rules and regulations

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Note:  All information submitted is subject to verification by HUD at any time, and Title 18,Section 1001 of the US Code states that a person is guilty of a felony and assistance can be terminated for knowingly and willingly making a false or fraudulent statement to a department of the United States Government.

Please call Veterans Services at 315-591-9100 with questions or to request an application.