Home Support Unit

Lease Your Apartment

Get $3,500 for renting your apartment through the City’s Home Support Unit

NYC’s Home Support Unit
The City of New York’s Home Support Unit (HSU) works with landlords and real estate brokers across the five boroughs to lease vacant apartments to qualified New Yorkers receiving rental assistance. This program helps participating landlords and brokers navigate the rental process by arranging viewings and assisting with leasing paperwork, and provides substantial financial incentives to landlords and brokers for placing qualifying tenants, including working families, retired seniors, disabled adults and veterans, into stable housing. HSU also has an in-house Landlord Customer Service team that quickly responds to and resolves payment questions and any other issues that arise during tenancy.

Register to lease your apartment or room

By leasing your vacant apartment or rooms through HSU you may be eligible for the following:

  • $3,500 Landlord Bonus*
  • 15% Broker’s Fee
  • Unit Hold Incentive*– covers an additional month’s rent when the landlord agrees to accept a DSS client and not lease the unit to anyone else during a period of up to 30 days, covering any anticipated vacancy expense.
  • First month of rent in full and up to 11 months of subsidy payments paid up front*
  • Security Voucher (equivalent to one month’s rent)
  • Access to the Special Supplemental Assistance Fund (SSAF) – covers up to $3,000 in damages and rent arrears (on top of the security voucher)

*These incentives apply to apartment rentals only. Landlords may also rent single rooms through other City programs; room rentals are eligible for a 15% broker fee, a security voucher and the SSAF.

Monthly rents for participating program:

Living in Communities (LINC) | Special Exit and Prevention Supplement (SEPS)
LINC was created in 2014 to assist eligible NYC families with children in moving into stable housing. SEPS was created in 2015 to assist eligible NYC adult families and single adults in moving into stable housing.

  • Rooms (Single Individual)
  • Studio (Single Individual)
  • Family of 1-2
  • Family of 3-4
  • Family of 5-6
  • Family of 7-8
  • Family of 9-10

Note: Landlord must include heat & hot water

Family Homelessness and Eviction Prevention Supplement (FHEPS)
FHEPS was created in 2017 to assist eligible NYC families with children in moving into stable housing.

  • Studio
  • Family of 1-2
  • Family of 3-4
  • Family of 5-6
  • Family of 7-8
  • Family of 9-10

Note: Landlord can opt whether to pay heat and hot water

HOME Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program (TBRA), Section 8/HUD-Veterans Affairs Supporting Housing (HUD-VASH)**

  • Studio
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Bedroom
  • 3 Bedroom
  • 4 Bedroom
  • 5 Bedroom

Note: For HOME TBRA, Landlord must include heat and hot water. For Section 8/HUD-VASH, Landlord can opt whether to pay for heat and hot water.
**Approved rents vary based on local market rent and client/landlord utility contribution.

Special One Time Assistance (SOTA)
Clients with incomes too high for an ongoing subsidy may qualify for Special One Time Assistance. For these clients, the Human Resources Administration will pay up to one year’s rent up front to the landlord for apartments deemed affordable for the tenant (at or below 50% of the tenant’s income).

If you are a landlord or broker who is interested in renting an available apartment or room, or would like additional information, please submit your information using this form; a specialist will return your call within 48 business hours.

You may also call 929-221-0047 Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM to speak directly with a Home Support Unit specialist.

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