New York rental assistance programs.
Find how and where to get long term or emergency rental assistance in New York. There are funds to help low-income families, the poor or elderly, immigrants as well as the disabled. Find charities, non-profits, and government resources that help with rent, security deposits, storage or moving costs and more. There are also various homeless prevention and rapid rehousing programs, free legal aid for tenants, as well as other financial aid programs that offer rent arrears help.
The main cities, towns and counties in New York are below. Select yours in order to get funds for paying rental costs or low income, HUD vouchers for an apartment. The financial aid can help stop homelessness, evictions, or help someone find a new rental home or apartment to live in. There may be cash grants or loans for low to moderate income tenants.
In addition to the counties below, there are statewide rental and housing assistance programs in New York. They are open to anyone in need, provided they meet qualifications. Generally, to get a free voucher or money for paying rent, income and asset criteria need to be met by the client.
Housing and Urban Development section 8 housing choice vouchers is a federal government funded programs. Very low-income families as well as people living in poverty can get an income subsidized home or apartment. There are also vouchers for senior citizens and people with a disability. Find details on New York Section 8 housing choice vouchers
Federal government and the state of New York Homeless prevention as well as rapid rehousing is for (1) tenants on the verge of eviction; (2) homeowners facing foreclosure and (3) the currently homeless. Government grants can pay for everything ranging from first month’s rent to shelter, credit counseling, legal costs, storage and more. Continue with homeless and eviction prevention help in New York.
Many municipalities have free lawyers on site, or as part of social services, that help tenants facing eviction or housing discrimination. They can give free legal aid or representation on a tenant right in New York or represent them in housing court. Locate free lawyers in New York.
Senior citizens, the homebound and the retirees in New York can get support too. Agency on Aging and non-profits try to house the elderly and/or assist with rent, including in supportive housing units where medical needs may be met. More on financial help for the elderly in New York.
Salvation Army Social Services in New York are wide ranging. They offer emergency homeless shelters, transitional housing, funds to pay utility bills or rent, case management and more. Often the vulnerable, including women fleeing DV, can get housing support. More on rent help from NY Salvation Army.
Local rent assistance programs in New York
Find emergency or long-term help by county or city below. If your community is not listed, use the search bar at the top or bottom of the page to look for your community. Also, as noted, there are more state and federal resources for help with rent, security deposits, eviction prevention and more above.
Albany, Schenectady, and Rensselaer County
Chemung and Steuben County area
Jefferson and St. Lawrence County area
New York City (all boroughs)
Ontario, Wayne and Seneca County
Oswego and Lewis County area