As delayed GI Bill payments persist, one city confronts the issue head on

Matt Saintsing
November 06, 2018 - 12:23 pm

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As hundreds of thousands of student veterans nationwide are experiencing severely delayed GI Bill payments, one city is taking things into their own hands by providing emergency rent relief for those facing eviction. 

“New York City is stepping up to give student veterans the security they need to stay in their homes while they wait for the federal benefits they earned through service to our country,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in a statement. 

About 12,000 student veterans in New York City are at risk of eviction, according to city officials announcing a plan to extend emergency rental assistance. 

Typically, student vets can expect on-time GI Bill payments and a monthly housing stipend to pay for rent and other expenses, but a technological glitch has created a jaw-dropping backlog of payments still awaiting processing. 

De Blasio’s office has sent out instructions to schools for how students can apply for rental assistance to avoid eviction through the city’s Department of Social Services.  

Any NYC student veteran behind on their rent and who is the primary resident in a private apartment can immediately visit the NYC Department of Social Services at 25 Chapel Street, 6th Floor, Room 606 in Brooklyn, NY 11201 to have their case evaluated. 

Those who receive emergency rent benefits are required to sign a repayment agreement to pay back the amount within 12 months. 

Dozens of New York City schools reported to the city’s Department of Veterans’ Services that students using the GI Bill are anywhere between two to four months behind on rent, according to de Blasio’s office. 

But the Big Apple isn’t the only area where student veterans are having to cope with delayed payments. As of Oct. 22, VA had more than 130,000 pending education claims to sort through. First-time GI Bill users can expect an average of 33 days to process their requests, with additional claims taking around 23 days, on average.

For more information on emergency rent, NYC student vets can call 718-557-1399 or click here

If you’re a student veteran on the verge of being evicted over delayed GI Bill payments, call 888-442-4551 and tell the operator you want to process your claim as a financial hardship. 

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