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Housing Resources

 

Good housing stability, quality, safety, and affordability promote positive physical and mental health. Find resources that can help you with any housing concerns you might be facing, including affordable housing, housing damage, rent payment assistance, eviction prevention, and legal aid.

 

Rental Payment Issues
Family Homelessness Eviction Prevention Supplement Rental (FHEPS)

The rental arrears grant program FHEPS, provided by the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA), can assist renters facing eviction before their landlords initiate legal proceedings with the housing court.
 
FHEPS can pay ongoing rent (as well as retroactive rent) for families with children receiving cash assistance and facing eviction. Learn about action steps and documents to gather at legalaidnyc.org/get-help/housing-problems/what-you-need-to-know-about-hras-family-homelessness-eviction-prevention-supplement.
 
Obtain additional information about the FHEPS rent supplement program at nyc.gov/site/hra/help/fheps.
 

One-Shot Deal

The One-Shot Deal is an emergency aid program intended to meet the immediate needs of low-income New Yorkers. This aid can be utilized to address a variety of scenarios, including rental assistance to prevent or postpone an eviction.
 
You need not be a recipient of public assistance to get an offer. Remember that most one-shot deals will have to be repaid over time with regular monthly payments.
 
Check out the program information at access.nyc.gov/programs/one-shot-deal.
 
If the program could fit your needs, apply at access.nyc.gov. In addition, on the second page of this handout, check the documents you need to submit with your application.
 
After all documents have been submitted, a ruling may take 30–45 days, depending on the case’s urgency. Access the HRA website at access.nyc.gov or call the HRA InfoLine at (718) 557-1399 to know if your case has been decided.
 

Free Legal Representation for Tenants Facing Eviction

Free legal services under the Right-to-Counsel program are made available to residents of New York in any ZIP code, regardless of their immigration status. In the five boroughs, organizations offer free legal representation or guidance to tenants facing administrative eviction from the New York City Housing Authority or the Housing Court.
 
Call 311 and ask for the “Tenant Helpline”. Learn more at https://www.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/legal-services-for-tenants.page.
 

Affordable Housing
Housing Voucher (Section 8) Program

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) runs the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, generally known as Section 8, which provides rental subsidies to qualifying low-income families. The waitlist has been reopened to all members of the public until Sunday, June 9, 2024, until midnight.
 
There is no NYC residence requirement for the HCV Program. The application takes roughly 20 minutes on average.
 
U.S. citizens and noncitizens with appropriate immigration status can get federal housing aid. Families with all U.S. citizens or eligible immigrants can receive housing aid.
 
Apply at apply.section8.nycha.info/ords/sec8/r/nycha_sec8_workspace/nycha-section8-waitlist.
 
Learn more at faq.section8.nycha.info/Section-8-Waitlist-FAQ.html
 

NYC Housing Connect

Housing options for low-income renters and homeowners are available through the New York City Housing Lottery, NYC Connect. Sign up at housingconnect.nyc.gov to get on the waiting list for any developments that interest you.
 
Learn about the application process visiting the link housingconnect.nyc.gov/PublicWeb/about-us.
 

NYC Housing Search Tool

Find affordable and accessible homes and apartments across New York State at www.nyhousingsearch.gov. In the application process, your credit score may be requested.
 
Updated on March 14, 2024