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State lawmakers pass emergency rent relief

May 29, 2020 1:00 pm
Corina Cappabianca is reporting for news10 [dot] com the state Senate and Assembly May 28, passed the Emergency Rent Relief Act of 2020. The measure would direct $100 million from the federal CARES Act to be used towards rental assistance. “It is a program that will pay rent for April, May, June and July to the extent that people who were low income before this crisis and during this crisis are burdened by their rent meaning they’re paying more than 30 percent of their income in rent,” said bill sponsor Senator Brian Kavanagh. At the same time, other groups including Citizen Action, argue that rent should be canceled. Kavanagh is also supporting a proposal to allocate $100 billion in rental and housing assistance nationally with $10 billion going to New York. The state Senate GOP proposed an amendment on May 28, to give $100 million of CARES Act funding for more testing, PPE and staffing in nursing homes. That proposal failed. Read the full story at news10 [dot] com.
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