There are several ways to qualify for CITYFEPS:

  • CITYFEPS is available to families with children who are currently in shelter who experienced an eviction or foreclosure within 12 months of entering shelter.
  • Families who have experienced an eviction or foreclosure within the last 12 months and who are at risk of entering shelter may also qualify.
  • Families staying in domestic violence shelters who have reached the maximum time limit for residence in an HRA shelter and families who reside in a DHS shelter but have been certified by HRA as a survivor of domestic violence can qualify as well.
  • Finally, families staying in a DHS shelter that has been identified for imminent closure may also qualify to be eligible for CITY FEPS.
  • Regardless of which category families fall under, all qualifying families must also be eligible for public assistance cash benefits.

Families that are potentially eligible will be connected by DHS or HRA with CITYFEPS providers – community based organizations – that will assist the family in completing an application and locating housing. Families will be asked to find an apartment within the CITYFEPS rent levels (included below) before the subsidy will be approved and issued.


The family’s rental contribution will be determined through budgeting with the community based organization once the unit is identified. There is no time limit to the CITYFEPS program as long as the family remains eligible and the funding remains available. More information on CITYFEPS can be found here.

If you have additional questions or need further assistance regarding CITYFEPS, please come into our Crisis Intervention Program to speak with an advocate.