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Find rental assistance in Staten Island.

Struggling tenants in Staten Island can get short or long term rent assistance from a few different agencies. There are government sponsored programs that help low income families across the city and Staten Island, primarily free legal aid or grant programs. Charities, churches as well as non-profits may also offer emergency rent or security deposit help, shelters, and other housing assistance. Find the leading options in Staten Island below for grants, loans, or free legal defense from law firms.

While the rent assistance programs do require the applicant to be (1) lower to moderate income or (2) struggling due to some hardship, anyone can apply. There is help for immigrants, seniors, the disabled, minorities, and others in Staten Island. Any grants for helping with rent or a deposit are usually combined with other services, such as utility help, legal aid, job placement, credit counseling and more.

Northfield Community LDC of Staten Island
This agency focuses on all aspects of housing. They offer shelter, transitional housing, referrals to government grant programs for paying rent, home buying services and more. They are a Staten Island HUD approved housing counseling agency. Financial help for rent or buying a home is combined with other resources.  Address is 160 Heberton Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10302. Call (718) 442-7351 for information

Staten Island Housing Authority
Main office - 140 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, New York 10301
Telephone - (718) 447-1179
Many housing, homebuying and rent programs are run. They include applications to HUD section 8 vouchers as well as low income rent subsidized apartments. They also help low income and working poor in State Island buy homes, gain self-sufficiency, process loans, and run public housing units in the borough. Other assistance for rent or housing may be offered too.

Salvation Army Community Centers
There are two in the Staten Island region. They offer a number of social services and programs for housing, rent, utility bills, food, and more. The financial help is limited. But when funding allows, low income families, struggling tenants and those facing homelessness may get help. Rent, mortgage, water, energy bill assistance and other aid is offered. The homeless can also be placed into shelters or transitional housing in Staten Island.

The two locations are The Salvation Army Port Richmond Corps Community Center which is at 1295 Forest Ave, Staten Island, New York 10302. Call the Christian charity at (718) 442-2145, or try Stapleton Corps Community Center at 15 Broad St, Staten Island, NY 10304. Phone – (718) 448-8480.





Citywide rent assistance and eviction or homeless prevention programs
The city as well as State offer support too. There is help for people seeking to pay the rent (and avoid eviction) as well as individuals seeking to raise the cash for a security deposit or storage cost. Various rent and housing programs are offered in State island. They include Homebase, CityFHEPS (for locating an affordable rental unit), the Family Homelessness & Eviction Prevention Supplement and others. Find more details about homeless prevention in New York City.

Free eviction defense, including representation in housing court, is offered by Staten Island Legal Aid Society. Lawyers and paralegals, as well as volunteers, help with the following. Evictions, housing discrimination, unsafe apartments or rentals, applications to HUD section 8 rent vouchers, landlord eviction notices and more. The main address is 60 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY 10301. For legal advice call 718-273-6677.

By Jon McNamara

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