Rent Subsidy Programs
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Rent Subsidy Programs
In a City as expensive as New York many families and individuals need assistance paying their rent. Below is a list of rental subsidy programs offered to help New Yorkers with housing costs; click on the links to learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply.
• ACS Housing Subsidy– available to families with active ACS cases where housing is the main obstacle to family unity (i.e. housing is needed to reunite with children in foster care or to prevent children from having to enter foster care) or to youth aging out of foster care in need of permanent housing
• Family Eviction Prevention Supplement (FEPS, formerly known as Jiggetts) – available to families on public assistance with at least one minor child who are being sued for eviction
• Coalition for the Homeless’ Rental Assistance Program (RAP)– available to homeless families and individuals who are working but do not earn enough to afford rent on their own
Unfortunately, given the current economic climate, many programs designed to help families with their rent have been cut or have closed their waiting lists due to budgetary constraints. Tenants currently receiving rental assistance from these programs can click on the links below to learn more about them.
• NYCHA Section 8 – The waiting list has been closed since December 2009.
• Advantage NY- On March 14, 2011 the City stopped signing leases for the Advantage Program and moved to terminate current tenants as of April 1, 2011. A lawsuit was filed to challenge this decision but was ultimately unsuccessful. Rent was paid through January 2012 but the City will not make payments to Advantage tenants beyond that date. Some tenants transitioning off of Advantage may be eligible for FEPS. Click here to learn about the FEPS program. To learn about other eviction prevention resources click here.
• Housing Stability Plus (HSP) – June 30, 2007 was the last day HSP leases were processed. On April 1, 2011 all tenants remaining in the HSP program were terminated. Some tenants transitioning off of HSP may be eligible for FEPS. Click here to learn about the FEPS program.
• Other Section 8 Programs – HPD and HCR operate small Section 8 programs for tenants in specific circumstances. Tenants cannot apply directly to these agencies to receive a voucher.