For more information, please contact:

Lisa Atkins
Director, Housing
[email protected]


Queens has a diverse and sound housing stock that attracts all kinds of families, however one defines it. Approximately one quarter of all housing units in NYC are in Queens. The borough’s housing stock is primarily a mixture of one and two-family homes, mid-rise apartment buildings with a concentration of a few higher-density apartment buildings.

Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures

In New York State, residential evictions, court-ordered foreclosure auctions and residential foreclosure proceedings were initially suspended in March 2020. For more information, visit or call the New York State Court System Coronavirus Hotline at 833-503-0447. Currently, the New York State eviction moratorium is set to expire on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

On August 26, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the recently enacted federal government that had been tailored to areas where the rate of COVID-19 transmission is deemed “high” or “substantial risk,” as determined by the Centers for Disease Control (, including New York City. 

Currently, under guidance from Governor Kathy Hochul, tenants who apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will be protected from eviction if their application is still pending. See more information below about ERAP.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP):

The Governor’s Office has announced the launch of the COVID Rent Relief emergency rental assistance program to help keep low-income families throughout New York in their homes.

The program is designed to reach those individuals and families with the greatest need, and will provide direct aid for tenants who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both tenants and landlords are encouraged to apply.

This program is funded through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which is part of the CARES Act. The program will be administered by New York State Homes and Community Renewal and access to program applications will be is available online here.

For more information about the eviction moratoriums, rental assistance, and legal aid, please watch the August 25th Housing Court Answers and QBPO Workshop below. To view the full presentation showed during the workshop, click here.