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Rental assistance in New York City.

Low-income families in the New York City area will get rental assistance. Charity organizations, churches, and government funded programs offer rent relief to struggling tenants in all boroughs, including the Bronx, Manhattan and other parts of the city. They provide emergency financial help for paying their rent or security deposits, money for lease application fees as well as funds to pay housing costs. Find help with rent near you in NYC.

Many of the organizations offer emergency rent help but also focus on providing free legal services, affordable apartments and free government grant money to stop an eviction as well. This is also important when it comes to preventing homelessness. As the more financial resources available for immediate rent help or other housing assistance (free motel vouchers, money for a deposit or lease application fees, etc.) the better the chance of reducing homelessness. A priority is on helping single moms or dads, the elderly, disabled and veterans in NYC get the grant money they need to pay their rent.

Places in NYC that offer rent assistance programs

Find information on non-profits, charities, and government programs by borough below that help with rental payments. Not only can they usually assist residents in those specific parts of the city, but referrals may also be available. There are other organizations that can offer assistance with a security deposit or first months rent expense for a new apartment

  • Low-income renters in Brooklyn, as well as people close to homelessness or that need a place to live, can get help. Short and long term housing assistance is offered. Find help with paying rent in Brooklyn.
  • Queens charities and churches offer dedicated rent assistance programs. Help is offered to the low-income, immigrants and others in the region. More on rental assistance in Queens.
  • Staten Island families can find specialized rent payment help too. There are other grants, charities, and government rent assistance programs. Or they help families access affordable low income housing or apartments. Find rent assistance in State Island.




The New York City Department of Homeless Services partners with non-profit organizations, law firms, and anti-eviction providers in order to both help pay rent and keep families or single parents in their homes or apartments. The address is 33 Beaver St, New York, NY 10004. Everyone from immigrants to seniors, minorities, single mothers and others can get emergency rent with back rent. There is also free legal aid in NYC for tenants to address housing issues (including discrimination) as well as one time rental assistance. Call DHS at (212) 361-8000 for rent relief.

Center for Urban Community Services - Assistance includes help with rent for homeless prevention, a homeless shelter, and both transitional or permanent housing. Case managers provide other support as well, including budgeting, career counseling and job search assistance so that the tenant can afford future rent payments on their own. Click here for more information on housing assistance from Center for Urban Community Services.

Family Eviction Prevention Supplement offers payments to cover any back rent that may be due by the family. If the eviction is prevented, a monthly subsidy can help with future housing payments, including a deposit. More on the New York City eviction supplement.

Emergency Cash grants - The One shot program will cover numerous housing expenses, including security deposits, energy costs, and a portion of a tenants rent expense as well. Funds are used to prevent homelessness in New York City. Read more onNYC One Shot Deal.

Hebrew and Jewish Society - Interest free loans may be issued for emergency rent or paying other housing costs such as a security deposit for the homeless. There may be restrictions to the applicant’s faith on some of their programs, but others are more wide ranging. Click more information on interest free loans for rent in New York City.

The Department of Human Resources Administration is involved in processing applications for a number of rental payment and housing assistance programs. They can provide emergency grants to help with back rent or energy bill payments, provide supportive housing for the disabled or seniors, and operate shelters in the borough.





  • HRA is also involved in legal aid, providing rental and deposit assistance to immigrants, free eviction help in housing court, operate income based rental homes in the city, and much more. The goal is to make apartments and homes affordable to low-income renters in NYC. Continue with homeless prevention services in New York City.
  • LINC (Living in Communities) is a program in which Human Resources Administration takes a lead. The homeless or recently evicted in New York City can receive a grant to help subsidize their monthly rent in a new home or low income apartment. Assistance is for victims of domestic violence, the poor, and others. Read more on the Living in Communities rent subsidy program.

NYC emergency solution grants for paying rent are available based on federal government funding levels. The money can be used for rent to stop an eviction or housing expenses to place someone into a new home or apartment. The program is available for a diverse group, including anyone with a low income facing a crisis. Grants are often received by seniors citizens as well as the disabled as well. Dial (212) 639-9675 for referrals to the program.

Help with rent NYCThe Central Council of Society of St. Vincent de Paul operates across New York and all boroughs. Based on volunteers and donation levels, they may have some money as a form of rental or utility assistance. Or the church can provide referrals to other non-profits. Telephone - (212) 755-8615.

Rent Payment Helpline from Catholic Charities can be reached at 888-744-7900. Regardless of the resident’s religion, the working poor as well as people with no money may learn about rent programs as well as housing assistance. There may be emergency financial aid for paying rent arrears to stop eviction, shelters in New York City, and more. Programs are also for the vulnerable such as new immigrants, the elderly or single parents.

The Office of Civil Justice uses government grants to provide both free anti-eviction as well as anti-harassment legal aid. All tenants in New York City that are behind on their rent and/or facing eviction due to discrimination, unsafe living conditions, or another challenge can get free legal assistance from the city. There may also be referrals to grant programs from HRA for paying back rent, money to pay for relocation or moving fees, and other support. Continue with Office of Civil Justice.

Section 8 housing choice vouchers help very low-income families lease a home or apartment in New York City that is income based. Tenants get vouchers to help them pay their monthly rent, or the funds can help buy a home too. Applications are processed at the Subsidy Services Bureau, NYS Homes and Community Renewal, 25 Beaver Street, New York, NY 10004. Call (212) 480-6672 for information on emergency section 8 vouchers, self-sufficiency, or other HUD rent assistance programs.

Salvation Army rent assistance from Social and Family Services are located across New York. They help low-income tenants, the homeless, women facing DV that need a safe place to live and others. A wide range of resources are offered, ranging from free emergency homeless shelters to immediate rent money, motel vouchers, electric bill deposit help and more. Continue with Salvation Army financial help in NYC.







Families that have been evicted and that need a new home or apartment to rent, they can contact the Coalition for the Homeless. They operate across all of New York City. The non-profit runs emergency shelters, transitional housing and more. The goal is to help individuals gain self-sufficiency and have a place to stay. While more limited, they may offer grants for paying rent if someone is facing an eviction.

They do offer, and emphasize, job training and employment services. Basic needs such as clothing, food and job care may be arranged by the Coalition. They want residents of the city to find a new, permanent home or apartment. Even more importantly, the staff will ensure that clients can pay the rent once they are placed into a new home. So a wide range of housing solutions are offered. Continue with Coalition for the Homeless housing programs.

  • One of the agency's primary resources for help is the RAP, or rental assistance program. If the applicant is working, but is still homeless, then there may be cash assistance or maybe a loan issued by the Coalition to that individual. The funds can be used to pay for a security deposit or rental expense, including for people with an eviction on their record. A number of conditions will need to be met by the beneficiary. More on New York City RAP.

Volunteers of America - New York is one of the nation’s and cities leading non-profits for the recently evicted and homeless. The agency, its staff, and partners offer numerous housing programs for a wide range of individuals, regardless of their age, religion, race, etc. There is emergency rent help for veterans or seniors in NYC on social security, the disabled and others.

  • The local VOA organization runs emergency shelters and transitional housing programs. They can also help place individuals into a new home in the New York City region and direct them to rental assistance programs. Veterans, victims of domestic violence, and seniors are some of the main clients, but anyone who is struggling can turn to them. Read more Volunteers of America Greater New York.

Pro bono legal aid is offered statewide too. In addition to all of the locations, non-profits, charities, and agencies listed above, another option is LawHelp. This is a Web site that may be able to provide family, individual and single adult tenants who live in the greater New York City area with a list of non-profit and pro bono legal services. The various organizations provide legal representation for those facing eviction from their home or apartment.

Assistance for Housing Court - Tenants facing eviction, unsafe housing, or lawsuits from their landlord can receive legal help and support as part of the Housing Court Process. Some of the resources provided can include funds to pay rent in arrears, legal consultations, referrals, and more. They help single adults or families find an apartment and address unfair (or illegal) rent increases too. Organizations such as the Legal Aid Society work to prevent homeless. Continue New York City housing County program.




An organization to turn to for rent payment help is Community Service Society (CSS). This non-profit provides various forms of financial assistance and grant money. CSS provides homeowners and renters with Emergency Rent Arrears grants. The funds are for New Yorkers who are at risk of being evicted from their homes

  • Another option from Community Service Society is the Emergency Relocation Assistance, which helps with the first month’s rent, utility deposits and/or security deposit for a new or more affordable apartment. This is both for the working poor that are now stable as well as people at risk of facing an eviction or becoming homeless. This emergency grant will even pay for relocation assistance for storage and/or moving fees for people needing to move, because of reasons such as a risk of eviction, health-related complications, or domestic violence.
  • Finally, the non-profit CSS offers Short-term Rent Subsidies that are provided to those at risk of falling behind with their housing and/or rent payments because of a sudden reduction or complete loss of income such as the loss of a job, layoff or a reduction in their salary.

Get help in exploring, and applying for programs such as low income apartments or programs in New York City to pay a security deposit. Other services may include applications to SSDI disability benefits, heating bill assistance for low-income tenants and motel vouchers. The address is 633 Third Ave, 10th FL, New York, NY 10017. Or contact the agency at (212) 254-8900. Click more Community Services Society.

Housing Court Answers provides information and referrals. They operate a hotline, which can be reached at 212-962-4795. Information on rental assistance, shelter, and legal support is available across all of New York City, including Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island.. The topics covered are as follows.

  • Legal aid is offered to tenants facing eviction. They help low-income families or people that are about to be evicted.
  • Learn about places to apply at for grants for everything from past due rent to energy or heating bills. They also help ensure apartments are repaired by landlords, offer referrals to loans and financial help or also list local shelters. Landlord mediation can also be arranged for tenants to stop an eviction
  • Many other housing matters can be addressed. Click programs from Housing Court Answers.

New York City (NYC) Housing Authority - Advice, referrals, and more is available. Get information on section 8 vouchers, transitional housing, and other support. There is also subsidzed housing for NYC seniors or people with a disability. First time homebuyers can also learn about low interest loan programs.

  • Bronx (718) 409-8620
  • Manhattan - (212) 677-3225

Rental vouchers, subsidies and arrearage payments may be provided by the Family Eviction Prevention Supplement (FEPS) program. Assistance is only offered for New York City families that have children (including single moms and dads) and who receive some other form of government/public cash assistance. Funding comes from the state and it is intended to take a pro-active approach to eliminating evictions and homelessness.

  • The city also works with other agencies in the region, including free legal aid and social service offices. Money can be used to pay back rent and the program can provide vouchers for go forward expenses. Click here Family Eviction Prevention Supplement.





Resources from Coalition for the Homeless can assist those facing eviction or that are currently homeless. The agency and its staff will help clients find a new, affordable residence to live in. They will also arrange job placement/training, basic needs such as furniture for an apartment and other support. In some cases limited financial assistance may be available for paying back rent to stop an eviction or the security deposit on a new home.

  • The Bridge Building program provides apartments for women and children. Another resources is the Scattered Site Housing Program, which provides services and housing to persons and families living with HIV/AIDS. Other assistance may be offered in a crisis and can include baby formula, blankets, and personal hygiene goods. The address is 129 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038/ Find more information on Coalition for the Homeless.

Rental arrears grants and funds for security deposits may be available from NYC Human Resources Administration. This aid is for those who have been evicted but the landlord will re-rent the apartment. If funding runs out, a short no-interest loan may be issued for the rent or paying a deposit. Other human services may be information on TANF cash assistance, employment, and public housing benefits. Call the HRA Job Center, or find details here.

Non-profit Eviction Intervention Services is an organization for residents of the East Side of Manhattan. On average, about twice a week the center will provide housing advice to low-income and working poor individuals. Other assistance offered include homeless prevention, free legal advice, or anti-eviction help for woman-headed families. There is also free rental housing maintenance repairs, tenant education workshops, referrals and follow up. (212) 308-2210.

Additional housing assistance from non-profits and the government is available. Charities and non-profit provide everything from eviction prevention services, emergency rental assistance, and free legal advice to prevent evictions. Individuals or families that are currently homeless can find homeless shelters, low income housing units and apartments, or work with case managers to find a permanent home or get a hotel voucher online. Other services include case management, job search, and general case management. More on New York City housing programs.

HomeShareNY - The organization oversees a program that provides free or low cost housing. A homeowner with a spare room (often a senior but it can be anyone) will agree to offer free or low cost housing to an individual in exchange for support, such as shopping, minor household tasks, or other minor tasks. Screening, interviews, and background checks are done. This is a well respected program that is available in many major cities. Call 646.543.0495, or read more on Homesharing.

Rent assistance for low-income families in the Bronx

The agencies below can provide free legal assistance and advice to help stop an eviction throughout the Bronx area. Also get information on grants, government programs, and other options that can help pay back rent for someone facing a crisis.

  • Legal Aid Society (Bronx) is at 260 E 161 St, The Bronx, NY 10451. Phone: 718-991-4758
  • LSNY Bronx address is 1118 Grand Concourse, The Bronx, NY 10456. Dial 718-928-3700
  • Neighborhood Association for Intercultural Affairs - Main address: 1055 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10452. Contact - 718-538-3344. A major focus in on addressing housing needs of refugees, non-English speakers and immigrants. Get rental assistance, including in a crisis, information on HUD programs and more.




Manhattan NYC rental programs

The organizations that offer rent and housing assistance as well as eviction prevention programs in Manhattan include the following. Some can direct people to grant programs, others will provide free legal eviction prevention advice, and other provide information on federal government and state programs.

  • EHNBAC - East Harlem Neighborhood Based Alliance - 413 E 120th St #301, New York, NY 10035. Telephone - 212-289-1900. Homeless prevention services are available to the Harlem area only. Staff can help people apply for emergency rent help from One Shot deals, coordinate mediation with landlords, refer to programs for security deposits, and coordinate shelter. All of the resources are based on money raised and resources available.
  • Eviction Intervention Services - 80 Maiden Ln #11, New York, NY 10038. Dial 212-308-2210 for rent help and eviction prevention.
  • Legal Aid Society (Harlem/CLO) - 2090 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10027. Call 212-426-3000. While the focus is on guidance and legal support, the non-profit may have referral or information on places to turn to for emergency rental assistance.
  • Legal Aid Society (Manhattan Court House) - Office is at 111 Centre St., New York, NY 10013. Telephone number - 212-766-2450
  • Legal Aid Society (Lower Manhattan) - Address: 199 Water St., New York, New York 10038. 212-440-4300. Has information on and coordinates with charities and non-profits across New York City, such Catholic Charities. Get information on financial assistance for basic needs, including rental costs and security deposits.
  • LSNY Manhattan - 1 W 125th St 2nd floor, New York, NY 10027. Phone - 646-442-3100.Attorneys, paralegals, volunteers, and other staff are available to help you with your housing issue.
  • Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp. - 45 Wadsworth Ave., New York, NY 10033. Phone number - 212-822-8300


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