Family Eviction Prevention Supplement (FEPS)
The Family Eviction Prevention Supplement (FEPS) was created in May 2005 to replace the old Jiggetts program. FEPS is a housing supplement to help prevent evictions and provides rental support to families for up to five years.
• Families applying for FEPS must have at least one minor child and an open Public Assistance case (cannot be sanctioned). The child must be under the age of 18 years old or under 19 and attending high school or vocational school full time.
• To be eligible, families must be facing eviction for the nonpayment of rent above the regular shelter allowance for your family size according to public assistance guidelines. Families may also be eligible if there is no current court case but the family needs the FEPS approval in order to move to a new apartment because there is a current vacate order, a current foreclosure or the family is currently living in the community and was evicted in the last year for excess rent or the family is currently living in a shelter and was evicted in the last six months for excess rent.
• When the apartment is not rent regulated, the person applying for FEPS must be the tenant of record and have an agreement in writing with her landlord to stay at least one year.
• FEPS pays arrears up to $7000 and monthly rent payments for up to five years. Click here for information about the maximum rent that FEPS will pay to a household.
• Individuals residing in the household that are not receiving PA (e.g. SSI recipients) must pay 30% of their income toward the rent.
• FEPS applications can be filed through specific legal providers and community-based organizations (CBO) in each borough. To get a referral tenants can visit their public assistance center or ask the Housing Court Liaison.