Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program

Emergency Housing Voucher Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a limited number of Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHV) to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD). EHVs should be used by the end of 2022.

EHV Eligibility 

EHV assistance is limited to families and individuals who are:

  1. Homeless;
  2. At-risk of homelessness;
  3. Fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking; or
  4. Recently homeless and at high risk of housing instability.

Potentially eligible families and individuals must first complete an initial screening with a caseworker and be referred to NYCHA and HPD by designated New York City agencies and their contracted providers. Clients cannot apply directly to NYCHA or HPD for EHV assistance.

The agencies making EHV referrals are:

  • NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS)
  • NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA)
    • HIV/AIDS Service Administration (HASA)
    • Office of Domestic Violence (ODV)
    • Homelessness Prevention Administration (HPA)
    • Federal Homeless Policy Unit - Continuum of Care (NYC CoC)
  • NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)
  • NYC Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice (MOCJ)
  • NYC Health + Hospitals (H + H)
  • NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV)
  • NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)
  • NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)

Please note: Because the EHVs are limited, families and individuals who meet the eligibility criteria must also satisfy additional prioritization criteria. Only eligible clients who are also in a priority group will be referred to NYCHA or HPD. All clients referred to NYCHA and HPD will then need to complete an online EHV application for further screening and to verify eligibility for the EHV program.

For Applicants

If you believe you may be eligible or for additional information, please reach out to your caseworker. Initial screening requires that you complete the online NYC Coordinated Assessment and Placement System (CAPS) application. Your caseworker can help you with this CAPS screening. If the screening determines that you are potentially eligible, they will help you with the additional application steps.


HUD References