Housing groups grateful for additional rent relief but skeptical that it's enough

New York’s rent-relief program is poised to get a major funding boost in the state budget, leaving housing groups both grateful for the long-awaited influx and concerned that it still will not be enough to meet the need.

The $220 billion budget agreement Democrats in Albany have reached will include $800 million for the emergency rental assistance program and $125 million for homeowner and landlord assistance, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced yesterday. The budget will include $250 million for utility arrears as well, Hochul said.

Legislators said earlier in the week that the state was closing in on a budget deal to provide $1.1 billion for New York’s emergency rental

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