Rental Subsidies

Note: New Destiny does not administer these programs. Contact the appropriate agency listed below to apply.

Effective October 29, 2018, New York City has a new rental subsidy program called CityFHEPS that consolidates the following existing city-funded housing subsidy programs: City Family Eviction Prevention Supplement (CityFEPS), Special Exit and Prevention Supplement (SEPS), Living in Community (LINC) 1, 2, 4, and 5.

Please note that FHEPS (formerly LINC 3), and Pathway HOME (formerly LINC 6), are not affected by this consolidation.

When will CityFHEPS become effective?
The program became effective October 29, 2018. Households that are already receiving SEPS and any of the LINC subsidies will be converted to the new program at their next renewal. Households that are currently receiving CityFEPS will be converted no later than the effective day above.

What if I am already a recipient of one of the rental voucher programs described above?
Households and individuals that are already participating in these programs, whether looking for a new apartment to move into or already in an apartment, will be transferred to CityFHEPS if they remain income eligible.

What if I have a shopping letter from either SEPS, CityFEPS, or LINC?
Individuals who currently have a shopping letter, will need to be screened for eligibility for CityFHEPS to receive a new shopping letter. Though NYC HRA expects that most people currently receiving a voucher will be eligible for CityFHEPS, anyone who is not eligible will not be transferred to the new program and will only receive a one-time shopping letter. This one-time shopping letter will expire on February 29 regardless of when you are re-screened. For this reason, it is recommended that individuals contact their case manager or housing specialist as soon as possible to be re-screened for CityFHEPS.

What if I have Family Homelessness Eviction Prevention Supplement (FHEPS), Section 8, NYCHA or Project Based Section 8?
Any state funded programs like FHEPS or federal funded programs like NYCHA, Section 8 and Project Based Section 8 will not change or be converted into the new program.

Initial eligibility requirements for CityFHEPS requires that all households to:

  • Apply for Cash Assistance (CA) and all members who are eligible must be in receipt of CA without sanctions. (Please note that having an open CA case is not a requirement, but you must initiate a case).
  • Apply and accept any federal or state housing subsidy, including Section 8, if eligible
  • Be ineligible for the Family Homelessness Eviction Prevention Supplement (FHEPS)
  • Have a total gross income that does not exceed 200% of the federal poverty level

For more information on further eligibility requirements please contact a case manager at a DHS, HRA shelter or your nearest Homebase provider.

Click on the links below to learn more about the rental subsidy programs that are still current, but will be replaced effective October 29.

  • Living in Communities (LINC) – these programs are designed to provide targeted rental assistance to eligible homeless families who have been in shelter the longest and could successfully maintain housing with appropriate financial assistance and services.
  • 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 Homelessness and Eviction Prevention Supplement (FHEPS) – available to families on public assistance with at least one minor child who are being sued for eviction.
  • City FEPS and SEPS can also help certain families and individuals who live in shelters or who are at risk of entering shelter with rent.

Please note: In NYC, it’s illegal for landlords or brokers to refuse to rent to tenants who use government housing assistance to pay rent. Click here to read about protections under NYC law regarding income discrimination.

Unfortunately, many rental subsidy programs have been cut or have closed their waiting lists.  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.
  • 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.