Please note that CityFHEPS is not a program offered by New Destiny. It is administered by the Department of Social Services (DSS), which includes both the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) and the Human Resources Administration (HRA).
CityFHEPS was launched October 29, 2018. It is a new New York City rental subsidy program that consolidates the following 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 be affected by this consolidation.
When did CityFHEPS become effective?
CityFHEPS began October 29, 2018. Individuals and households that were already receiving SEPS and any of the LINC subsidies will have their subsidy converted to the new program at the 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.