Living In Communities Programs (LINC)

The LINC programs were rolled out over a six month period beginning in the fall of 2014 to help homeless families and single adults find permanent housing. The programs were created through an emergency order issued by the Mayor and HRA Commissioner. They are administered jointly by the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) and the Human Resources Administration (HRA) and eligibility is specific to each program.

LINC I

LINC I is available to families with minor children who currently reside in the shelter system. Eligible families must have a combined total of at least 35 hours of work per week in unsubsidized employment in the household for at least 90 days. One family member must be public assistance eligible and income cannot exceed 200% of the federal poverty line.

Once in the apartment, clients will be responsible for paying 30 percent of their income for rent. The LINC I voucher should cover the remaining balance of the rent up to the following rent levels:

It is possible to recertify for two additional years if clients continue to meet the criteria above and participate in an employment plan, for a total of three years of housing assistance. Exceptions for assistance up to 5 total years of assistance may be possible.

Additional information regarding LINC I can be found here.

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

LINC II

Eligible households must be current shelter residents who have resided in shelter two or more times for a period of at least 30 days during a five year period. Priority is given to families that DHS determines have been in shelter the longest. Families eligible for LINC II must have some source of income and have resided in shelter at least 90 days.

Once in an apartment, clients will be responsible for paying 30 percent of their income for rent. The LINC II voucher should cover the remaining balance of the rent up to the following rent levels:

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It is possible to recertify for four additional years of assistance, for a total of five years of housing assistance if the household income does not exceed 200% of the federal poverty line, are in compliance with Public Assistance and clients participate in ongoing case management.

Additional information regarding LINC II can be found here.

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

LINC III

Eligible households must be current shelter residents who have been assessed by HRA to have experienced domestic violence and who are in receipt of public assistance benefits. All households must have been in shelter at least 90 days to qualify. Priority is given to clients who have been in HRA domestic violence shelter or a DHS shelter the longest.

Once in an apartment, clients will be responsible for paying 30 percent of their income for rent. The LINC III voucher should cover the remaining balance of the rent up to the following rent levels:

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It is possible to recertify for four additional years, for a total of five years of housing assistance, if clients are receiving Public Assistance, have a child under 18 in the house or a child under 19 who is a full-time student attending secondary school, and participate in ongoing case management.

Additional information regarding LINC III can be found here.

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

LINC IV

Homeless single adults or adult families living in shelter, a drop-in center, safe haven, or on the streets may qualify for a LINC IV voucher if they are 60 years of age or older, or in receipt of disability benefits, or are assessed by HRA to be eligible for disability benefits. Household income cannot exceed 200% of the federal poverty line. Households must have entered shelter prior to October 15, 2015 and are prioritized by DHS based on who has been in shelter the longest.

Clients pay 30 percent of their income toward the rent. The LINC IV voucher will cover the remaining balance of the rent up to the following rent levels:

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LINC IV assistance is renewable annually so long as a client remains eligible and funding remains available.

Additional information about LINC IV is available here.

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

LINC V

Individuals or adult families living in shelter, a drop in center, safe haven, or on the streets who are working in unsubsidized employment for at least 30 days may qualify. Households have income that is within 200% of the federal poverty line may be prioritized for the program based on length of stay in shelter.

Clients pay 30 percent of their income for rent. The LINC V voucher should cover the remaining balance of the rent up to the following rent levels:

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It is possible to recertify for four additional years, for a total of five years of housing assistance, if clients are working at the time of renewal and the household income remains within 200% of the federal poverty line. HRA has allowed that clients may receive renewal beyond a fifth year only “on a case by case basis.” Additional information about LINC V is available here.

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

 

LINC VI

Either families with children, adult families or single adults who have identified a family or friend with whom they can be reunified may be assisted with rental payments through LINC VI. The program is available for varying lengths of time depending on the lease agreement each client enters into, but annual review of each case determines whether an ongoing need exists for assistance which can be renewed for five years in total.

Eligibility is available to clients living in shelter for at least 90 days whose income is not greater than 200% of the federal poverty line, who have an open public assistance case and have identified a host family. The host family must include the owner or lease holder, health and safety should be evaluated and overcrowding should not take place because of the recipient’s addition to the home.  Applicants with children cannot join family or friends in homes that include prior ACS concerns or anyone listed on the New York State Sex Offender Registry.

Additional information about LINC VI is available here.

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