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. 

SOTA is a rental assistance incentive for DHS clients who receive enough income to cover future rent payments that are not more than 50% of their household income. 

DHS clients eligible for SOTA include:

  • Working families and individuals
  • Families and individuals who receive benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability (SSD)

DHS clients eligible for SOTA must also be:

  • Families with children that have been in shelter at least 90 days OR
  • Single adults and adult families that entered shelter on or before March 31, 2018

To qualify for the program, clients:

  • Must provide proof of income.
  • Cannot use SOTA to rent a room rather than an apartment.
  • Who are moving within New York City must NOT be eligible for any federal, state, or city rental subsidy.

Households and individuals in shelter can speak to their case manager or housing specialist to see if they qualify for SOTA.


Landlords

The Special One-Time Assistance (SOTA) program provides one year’s full rent up-front to landlords for apartments.

You can get information about SOTA:

  • By phone OR
  • Online

Online, you can submit your contact information and receive a response within 48 business hours.