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Suffolk County and local community organizations will host a webinar to inform residents on how to apply for New York State’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program on Wednesday from 12-1 p.m..

The webinar is being held ahead of the expiration of New York State’s eviction moratorium on Jan. 15. The webinar will be available in both English and Spanish. There are no immigraion status requirements to qualify for the program.

You can register for the webinar through zoom by pressing this link or by calling the Riverhead Free Library at 631-727-3228. There will be a short question and answer segment at the end of the webinar. The webinar will be geared towards both tenants and landlords.

Low and moderate income households are the target of the rental assistance program, which was created using federal relief funds. Applicants with a lower area median income will be prioritized for assistance, although the program is accepting applicants for assistance who earn up to 120% of the area’s median income, according to the program’s website. Relief funds can be used for both rent and utility arrears payments.

Suffolk County is one of the few counties that has not yet exhausted their allocated assistance funding. Tenants living in all county townships but Brookhaven, Islip and Babylon, whose funds have already been exhausted, can apply, according to the state’s website.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: [email protected]