States struggle to get rent relief to tenants amid pandemic

  • Bonney Ginett poses for a photo in her apartment in the Queens borough of New York on Thursday, March 18, 2021. Ginett, whose massage therapy business dried up during the pandemic, applied for help in July and said she was denied in October because she failed to prove loss of income. The 66-year-old New York City resident now owes more than $26,000 in back rent on her one-bedroom apartment and fears eviction. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

  • Bonney Ginett sifts through paperwork for her application to a federally-funded program to help pay back rent Thursday, March 18, 2021, in the Queens borough of New York. Ginett, whose massage therapy business dried up during the pandemic, applied for help in July and said she was denied in October because she failed to prove loss of income. The 66-year-old New York City resident now owes more than $26,000 in back rent on her one-bedroom apartment and fears eviction. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

  • Candida Uraga prepares a meal in the kitchen of her apartment in New York on Friday, March 19, 2021. She has struggled to pay rent after being laid off from her job as a teaching assistant during the pandemic and was denied help under a federally-funded rental assistance program. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last July that New York would spend $100 million in federal coronavirus relief to help cash-strapped tenants pay months of back rent and avert evictions.