Housing

Rental Assistance/Subsidies

DRIE Rent Freeze Program

Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE): Tenants that qualify for the NYC Rent Freeze Program for Tenants with Disabilities (DRIE) can have their rent frozen and be exempt from future rent increases. This does not lower your rent but only keeps it from increasing.

Phone: Dial 311

More information on Disability Rent Increase Exemption

Important Notice to Tenants who receive or formerly received a New York City Department of Finance "SCRIE" or "DRIE" rent freeze

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Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Formerly known as the One Shot Deal, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program helps people who can't meet an expense due to an unexpected situation or event. Emergency assistance is provided for, but not limited to, the following situations:

  • Homelessness
  • Dispossession/Eviction
  • Utility disconnected or pending termination
  • Fire disaster
  • Domestic violence
  • Circumstances that affect the health and safety of the individual or family

Phone: 212-331-4640 or 718-557-1399

More information on Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

OPWDD has a few programs that assist individuals with developmental disabilities and their income-eligible families find a home of their choice. The Individual Supports and Services (ISS) program assists adults with developmental disabilities who wish to live independently with finding and renting an apartment. Contact the Front door in the appropriate borough for assistance applying for ISS.

OPWDD information line: 866-946-9733

Home of Your Own

A program that assists individuals with developmental disability, their income-eligible families, and Direct Support Professionals find a home of their choice.

OPWDD Home of Your Own Program: 518-473-1973

Home of Your Own Home Page

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Medicaid Waiver Program

This is a program that provides assistance to people that need Managed Long-term Care due to a severe physical disability or a traumatic brain injury to find housing in the community and the proper at home services that they need. This is more than a housing program. It provides home care attendant, meals on wheels etc. You have to qualify for all the services in order to be accepted. To learn more about the Nursing Home Transition and Diversion and Traumatic Brain Injury Programs, call the Regional Resource Development Center (RRDC).

  • RRDC Main Phone: 718-816-3555
  • RRDC Fax: 718-816-3560

Nursing Home Transition & Diversion Medicaid Waiver Program Website


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Family Eviction Prevention Services (FEPS and City FEPS)

FEPS is a housing supplement to help prevent evictions and provides rental support to families for up to five years. A household must be in housing court, be receiving public assistance, and have one child under the age of 18 to apply. Call the appropriate borough.

  • Bronx Works: 718-637-2643
  • Camba (Brooklyn Staten Island and Queens): 718-675-3373
  • Catholic Charities (Manhattan/Bronx): 212-862-6401
  • Queens Community House: 718-592-5757

More Information on FEPS

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Special Exit and Prevention Supplement (SEPS)

SEPS is a subsidy that is meant to aid individuals and adult families who are in need of stable housing. It provides rent assistance for one year with the possibility of renewals. Individuals who have experienced domestic violence, have served in the military, have been evicted or are staying in a shelter, are welcome to apply. Applicants must receive public assistance to qualify.

  • Riseborough Community Partnership (Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island): 917-819-3200 or 347-295-3738
  • Bronx Works (Bronx and Manhattan): 929-252-7110

More information on SEPS

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Living in Communities (LINC)

Living in Communities (LINC) is a limited rental assistance program for low-income families and single adults living in homeless or domestic violence shelters. Priority will be given to households that have lived in shelters the longest.

  • LINC hotline: 929-221-0043
  • DHS main: 212-361-8000

More information on LINC

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