RAP

Rental Assistance Program

The Rental Assistance Program helps people who are currently homeless but working full-time move from shelter into permanent housing by providing rent subsidies and case management.

More than a quarter of the 13,000 families living in homeless shelters have at least one person working full-time — and yet they still cannot afford the high cost of an apartment in New York City.

The Rental Assistance Program (RAP), established in 1987, provides rental subsidies — as well as budgeting and counseling support — to homeless individuals and families for up to two years so that they can transition into and independently maintain permanent affordable housing.

RAP clients pay only 30 percent of their monthly income toward rent, with the Coalition providing small monthly rental subsidies to cover the balance. Our case managers help clients find decent, livable apartments that they will be able to afford on their own once they graduate from the program.

During their two-year participation in RAP, clients meet monthly with our case managers to develop and implement strategies to increase their job skills, earning potential and ability to independently carry their rent payments after graduating from the program.

If you are a Housing Specialist or Case Manager interested in making a referral, click here for a list of documents required to do so.  Please note, self-referrals can also be accepted by fax or email, as long as homelessness, employment and income criteria are met and all required documents are submitted for consideration. More information about eligibility for RAP can be found here.

If you are a landlord or licensed broker who is able to provide apartments for RAP clients, or if you have any questions regarding eligibility or requirements, you may contact Martita Caban here or call 212-776-2141.