I Need Housing

Affordable housing can be very challenging to find in a City as expensive as New York. This challenge was made even more difficult for homeless New Yorkers during the last mayoral administration due to changes made in priority for public housing and the elimination of other housing subsidies. The Coalition continues to advocate for prioritizing homeless New Yorkers for public housing and for increased housing options to address this crisis.

Although housing options are limited at present, there may be a program or resource you qualify for listed below (depending on your individual circumstances)  please also use the links included for more detailed information on each type of assistance. 

If you are looking for more information on any of the programs below you can also seek assistance by coming to the Coalition’s Crisis Intervention Program.

Supportive Housing

Supportive Housing includes a wide range of housing options with different levels of support. Most supportive housing is designed for individuals who are homeless and have a mental health condition, but some supportive housing is also available to adults with substance abuse issues, individuals with HIV/AIDS, and to young adults aging out of foster care. Supportive housing is also open to families for the same reasons, though there are fewer units available. Click here to learn more about Supportive Housing.

Public Housing/Section 8

Public housing and Section 8 are both subsidized housing where tenants pay 30% of their income towards the rent. Applicants are assigned a priority and are placed on the wait list based on their priority. Public Housing continues to take applications, but the waiting list for Section 8 has been closed since 2009. Click here to learn more about Public Housing and Section 8.

CityFHEPS

CityFHEPS is a housing subsidy available to some individuals and families staying in shelters or at risk of entering shelters. The City created CityFHEPS in October 2018 to streamline several existing subsidies. Click here for more information.

FHEPS

FHEPS is a rent supplement for families with children who receive Cash Assistance and have been evicted or are facing eviction, who lost their housing due to a domestic violence situation, or who have lost their housing because of health or safety issues. Click here for more information.

Living in Communities Programs (LINC)

LINC is no longer run by the City of New York, but many of those who previously qualified for LINC should now qualify for CityFHEPS. You can find additional information about CityFHEPS here.

Please note: those who previously qualified for LINC II do not necessarily qualify for CityFHEPS. However, you may meet other eligibility criteria for CityFHEPS.

If you currently receive LINC and are having difficulties with your housing or subsidy you may visit a City Homebase provider for assistance. You are also welcome to visit the Coalition’s Crisis Intervention Program for additional information or advocacy if needed.

CITYFEPS

CITYFEPS is no longer run by the City of New York, but those who previously qualified for CITYFEPS should now qualify for CityFHEPS. You can find additional information about CityFHEPS here.

If you currently receive CITYFEPS and are having difficulties with your housing or subsidy you may visit a City Homebase provider for assistance. You are also welcome to visit the Coalition’s Crisis Intervention Program for additional information or advocacy if needed.

Family Eviction Prevention Supplement (FEPS)

FEPS is no longer run by the City of New York, but those who previously qualified for FEPS should now qualify for FHEPS. You can find additional information about FHEPS here.

If you currently receive FEPS and are having difficulties with your housing or subsidy you may visit a City Homebase provider for assistance. You are also welcome to visit the Coalition’s Crisis Intervention Program for additional information or advocacy if needed.

Special Exit and Prevention Supplement (SEPS)

SEPS is no longer run by the City of New York, but those who previously qualified for SEPS should now qualify for CityFHEPS. You can find additional information about CityFHEPS here.

If you currently receive SEPS and are having difficulties with your housing or subsidy you may visit a City Homebase provider for assistance. You are also welcome to visit the Coalition’s Crisis Intervention Program for additional information or advocacy if needed.

HOME TBRA

HOME Tenant Based Rental Assistance is run collectively by a number of City agencies and funded by the federal government. It is available to households that are currently homeless with at least two members, a pregnant person, or a chronically street homeless individual who also receive disability benefits of some kind. A limited number of coupons were available and the initial application period closed 9/3/15. Please click here for additional information.

Special One-Time Assistance (SOTA)

The Special One-Time Assistance (SOTA) program provides one year’s full rent up-front for eligible Department of Homeless Services (DHS) clients to move within or outside New York City. You can find more information about SOTA here.

Note that SOTA is only a one-year subsidy and it can be very difficult to access assistance after you are placed – particularly if you are placed outside of NYC.  If you are concerned about the appropriateness of a possible SOTA placement for you or your family, you are welcome to visit the Coalition’s Crisis Intervention Program for assistance.

Pathway Home

Pathway Home is a program that enables families and individuals to move out of shelter by moving in with friends or family members (“host families”). You can find more information about Pathway Home here.

Note that Pathway Home only provides up to 12 months of assistance to the “host family” you plan to live with.  If you are concerned about the appropriateness of a possible Pathway Home placement for you or your family, you are welcome to visit the Coalition’s Crisis Intervention Program for assistance.

Housing Lotteries

New affordable housing units that are created are often filled through housing lotteries. The lotteries have minimum and maximum income requirements that can change for each building, but if accepted, tenants usually pay about 30% of their income towards the rent. Units that become vacant after tenants move out are often filled through wait lists and other applications. Click here to learn more about housing lotteries.

Other Housing Assistance

There are other housing resources, such as one-shot deals or enhanced one-shot deals, that may be worth exploring, depending on your individual circumstances.  There are also housing search tools that may help in finding an appropriate unit.

One-Shot Deals

One-shot deals are available through the Human Resources Administration (HRA).  They are intended to be one-time emergency grants paid to the landlord to resolve rental arrears as long as the individual or family in need has a documented way of paying their rent going forward.  They can also be provided to assist with the necessary move-in fees for a new apartment when it will help to prevent homelessness or move a household out of homelessness. Click here for more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply for a one-shot deal.

Enhanced One-Shot Deals (EOSD)

Enhanced one-shot deals (EOSD) are slightly larger grants available to households in the shelter system, but have stricter eligibility criteria and must be approved by both the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) and HRA. Click here for more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply for an EOSD.

MRT Housing Resources

The Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) has identified housing as a priority for individuals with multiple, serious medical conditions who are also homeless. As a result, MRT has set aside some of the savings from the implementation of its reforms to fund a limited number of permanent housing resources. Individuals who receive services from a health home or care coordinator may qualify.

Individuals interested in exploring MRT housing as an option should contact their care coordinator or health home. If you are a client with multiple chronic health conditions and believe you may qualify, you can contact your social worker or case manager to discuss further if you are eligible for care coordination services.

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

Searching for an Apartment

Please note that New York City law explicitly prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of lawful source of income, including rental subsidies – meaning it is illegal for landlords to turn you away just because you would pay rent with a voucher such as CityFHEPS, FHEPS or Section 8. If you believe that you have experienced this type of housing discrimination, please report it through one of these resources:

  • Contact the NYC Human Resources Administration’s Source of Income Unit at 929-221-6576 or soi@hra.nyc.gov.
  • File a complaint with the NYC Commission on Human Rights through this online form or by calling 311 or 212-306-7450.
  • Call the Fair Housing Justice Center at 212–400-8201 or toll-free at 1-866-350-FHJC.