To be NY/NY I and II eligible (or eligible for supportive housing created by these agreements), individuals have to be homeless and have a serious and persistent mental health condition. For example, Major Depression, Bipolar disorder, and Schizophrenia are just a few of the diagnoses that could help someone qualify for supportive housing. To be eligible for NY/NY III, individuals have to meet the same criteria described above and have to be chronically homeless, meaning homeless for at least one out of the past two years OR homeless for two of the past four years.
There is a separate eligibility category for individuals who have a serious and persistent mental health condition, but who are not homeless. This is known as the mental health category, or MH. While there are supportive housing options for individuals who are eligible under the MH category, there are fewer vacancies available and this can make finding a placement more difficult.
The majority of supportive housing is available to individuals who meet the criteria described above, but when the NY/NY III agreement was passed there were additional eligibility categories created with more limited options for other special needs populations. A summary of the additional eligibility categories is below.
The NYC 15/15 program includes eligibility for four populations:
The Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative program serves families, individuals, and/or young adults who are both homeless and who are identified as having an unmet housing need, and have one or more disabling conditions or other life challenges, including:
Please note, the NY 15/15 and ESSHI units will be developed over the next 15 years. As of early 2018, very few units were open and available for application. For more information on how to apply for supportive housing click here.