Arabic-translated applications available for newly opened rental assistance program following push from Astoria assemblyman


New York State’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program opened Tuesday, June 2, and with Astoria Assemblyman Zohran Mamdani’s advocacy, Arabic-speaking people can now easily access applications. 

At the time this program was initially proposed, Arabic was not one of the listed languages for translated applications.

“If you can’t even read the application, if you can’t even submit the application, then there’s absolutely no chance of success in terms of attaining any relief funds,” Mamdani said. “We have so many Astorians for whom Arabic is their primary language.”