Rental Assistance

Audio Description: Information on how DHS is helping even more New Yorkers move out of shelter and secure permanent housing.

Text on screen: Rental assistance programs help New Yorkers experiencing homelessness move out of shelter and into stable housing, just like Richard and Doris. Since 2014, more than 71,000 homeless New Yorkers have found permanent home through these programs. With more landlords and brokers opening doors for our neighbors in need, we're turning the tide on homelessness in New York City. To learn more about financial incentives for landlords and brokers, call or visit or 212-232-0560.

Living in Communities (LINC) Rental Assistance Program

The LINC Rental Assistance Program helps move individuals and families from shelters operated by the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) and the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) to permanent housing.
Learn more about LINC

CITYFEPS Rent Supplement Program

The CITYFEPS Rent Supplement Program can help eligible families with children at risk of entry to shelter and those already in shelter to secure permanent housing.
Learn more about CITYFEPS

SEPS Rent Supplement Program

The City's Special Exit and Prevention Supplement (SEPS) program can help eligible individual adults and adult families (families without children) at risk of entry to shelter and those already in shelter to secure permanent housing.
Learn more about SEPS

HUD-VASH Section 8

Under the HUD-VASH program, eligible low income veterans receive a Section 8 rental voucher alongside case management and supportive services from the VA at VA medical centers and community-based outreach clinics.
Learn more about HUD-VASH

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").
Learn more about Pathway Home

The Family Homelessness & Eviction Prevention Supplement (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.
Learn more about FHEPS

The Special One-Time Assistance Program (SOTA)

The SOTA program provides one year’s full rent up front for eligible DHS clients to move within New York City, to other New York State counties, or outside of New York State. SOTA can be accessed by working individuals and families and those who receive SSI, SSD, etc. as long as there is the future ability to make rent payments based on the household’s rent not exceeding 50% of the household’s income.
Learn more about SOTA

Veteran Housing Rental Incentives

At the end of December 2015, the federal government announced an end to chronic veteran homelessness in New York City, following a two-year effort by Mayor de Blasio to help veterans who have been homeless for a year or longer find a home. We continue our work to move additional veterans into permanent housing. To support this effort, the incentives described below are currently available to landlords, brokers, and supportive housing providers.

  • 15% Broker Bonus (15% of the annual rent) for brokers who connect homeless veterans with LINC apartments or units that can be subsidized using HUD VASH, HPD Section 8, and MRT vouchers.
  • $1,000 Landlord Incentive for every apartment and commercial SRO with a one-year lease signed by a homeless veteran.
  • $500 Room Rental Incentive to landlords renting rooms through the LINC program for every one-year lease signed by a homeless veteran.
  • $1,000 Bonus to Supportive Housing (SH) Providers for each community unit rented to a veteran with a HUD VASH, HPD Section 8, or MRT voucher.
  • $2,000 Bonus to Supportive Housing Providers for each community unit rented to a veteran with a LINC voucher.
  • Access to a Special Supplemental Assistance Fund of up to $3,000 per year for landlords who house veterans, to cover potential damage to the apartment, as well as to assist with the payment of rental arrears, if needed.


Please contact the Mission Home Call Center at 212-232-0560.

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