The SEPS Program (Special Exit and Prevention Supplement) can help individuals adults and adult families (families without children) at risk of entry to shelter and those already in shelter to secure permanent housing. Potentially eligible families will be connected with SEPS providers (community-based organizations), which will assist people with completing an application and locating housing. Individuals residing in shelter will receive assistance from Department of Homeless Services or Human Resource Administration shelter staff.
The SEPS program will assist eligible households with rent for one year. Thereafter, as long as funding remains available and the household remains eligibile, SEPS recipients may receive up to 4 one-year renewals. In addition, renewals may be made indefinitely for households that include someone receiving SSD or SSI (or if someone is receiving PA and potentially eligible for such disability benefits) or if the household includes someone receiving federal veterans disability benefits.
The payment standards are the same as those used for the enhanced rent levels for the LINC program. The following chart details how much rent a landlord may charge to a SEPS tenant:
SEPS Program Maximum Rent Chart
The household must pay 30% of any income they receive towards the rent (including income from employment or any disability benefit like SSI/SSD) and the program will cover the rest. The tenant share of the rent is calculated at lease signing and will not change for the first year but will be reviewed at the time of annual renewal.
Households may be identified to participate in the SEPS program if they fall in one of the four groups listed below:
- Include a member who
- (1) resided in a DHS shelter at any time between 1/1/16 and 3/31/16 and currently residents in a DHS shelter for single adults OR
- (2) currently resides in a DHS shelter for adult families,
- within the 12 months prior to entering the DHS shelter system has been evicted from an apartment (or left an apartment where an eviction was pending) or had to leave the apartment due to a vacate order issued by a City agency or foreclosure action or for health and safety reasons as determined by a City agency OR
- has previous or current US military service OR
- (Single Adults only) was discharged into the DHS shelter system from a residential substance abuse treatment program, residential program or facility licensed or operated by the New York State Office of Mental Health or the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, foster care placement or correctional institution.
- Include a member who is a survivor of domestic violence as certified by HRA and either resides in a DHS shelter for Single Adults or Adult Families but has not refused placement in an HRA shelter or resides in an HRA shelter and has reached the maximum time limit for HRA shelter and is at risk of entry into a DHS shelter for Single Adults or Adult Families.
- Be at risk of entry into a DHS Shelter for Single Adults or a DHS Shelter for Adult Families and within the last 12 months has been evicted or has lived in a residence in New York City that was or is the subject of an eviction proceeding, a vacate order issued by a City agency or a foreclosure action, or was or is required to leave such a residence for health or safety reasons as determined by a City agency.
- Include a member who is risk of entry into a DHS Shelter for Single Adults or Adult Families and has previous or current United States military service.
In addition households must have the following:
- An Active or Single Issue Public Assistance case.
- A total household income that does not exceed 200% of the federal poverty level
- A lease for or an agreement in writing to rent a residence that is within the SEPS rent levels and is protected from rent increases for at least one year except as authorized under rent stabilization laws and rules or US Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations.