New York City Family Eviction Prevention Supplement rental program.
Residents who are facing eviction and that are struggling with paying their rent may be able to receive help from the New York City Family Eviction Prevention Supplement. It was created in order to provide additional support to individuals who are currently receiving public assistance and who are still struggling. Qualified residents can receive help with paying an arrears on their account as well as rental assistance on a go forward basis.
Many people are still facing hardships in the challenging economy. There may be many reasons for this such as a job loss during the recession, a decrease of affordable housing in NYC along with a steady increase in housing costs, a family health crisis resulting in unexpected bills, or the reduction of federal government, city and state housing vouchers and subsidies. The city may be able to assist these individuals.
The supplement program is also a money saver. On average, the city's cost to keep an individual or family in their current home or apartment for one year is about $9,000. If someone is evicted or homeless then it could cost almost $40,0000 a year to house a family in the New York City shelter system.
The program is known as FEPS for short and was created by the Human Resources Administration. It is funded by both the state as well as New York City. The focus is on supporting people who are in danger of being evicted and losing their home due to unpaid rent. It was created as a form of short term stabilization and will provide individuals additional time to gain self-sufficiency. Some of the conditions of the program are below.
- Qualified candidates will receive up to $7000 to pay their back rent as part of Family Eviction Prevention Supplement. Any assistance paid out is on a one time basis only.
- A monthly voucher/housing supplement will be provided to pay housing costs going forward. This can last for up to five years.
A number of qualifications need to be met by applicants. All resources are limited and unfortunately not everyone will be able to qualify for help.
- The family needs to have at least one child under 18 years old living with them, and that child needs to be in school.
- This program is only for people on public assistance.
- The applicant needs to either live in a rent-regulated apartment or have a one year lease on their current unit.
- They need to both owe back rent and have been sued by their landlord.
- The families monthly rent expense needs to be greater than grants and cash paid by state or federal government Public Assistance program.
There is a formal application process in place for the supplement. You can either dial Legal Aid (see phone numbers below) or call a social service office in New York City. The legal aid offices are as follows.
Bronx – Call 718-991-4758
Upper Manhattan – Phone 212-426-3000
Lower Manhattan: 212-577-3300
Queens – Telephone number is 718-286-2450
Staten Island: 718-273-6677
After applying, the office will submit your application for the Family Eviction Prevention Supplement to the state of New York. They will then need to determine eligibility. Many agencies in New York city, state and court system partner together to ensure applicant's get the attention and help they need when applying.
If you are found to be qualified then the Human Resources Administration will pay any back rent due directly to your landlord, up to the maximum allowed per terms. Case managers will then meet with you on the go forward plan as well in order to set up the monthly rent supplement payments. Also keep in mind restrictions on moving and other landlord/tenant issues around safety of the apartment. When applying the process takes up to 30 days so please plan accordingly.
Also, representatives from the FEPS program will try to work with Public Assistance to increase the clients shelter allowance. This additional government support will ideally help them afford their rent expense going forward. Legal Aid may also be able to help with any housing court case and guide applicants through the process.