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Please be aware that NYCHA's Section 8 Program is frozen to new applicants as of 12/17/2009 – there will be NO new vouchers issued until further notice. Voucher holders who had not yet signed leases on 12/17/09 were supposedly placed on a waitlist to be contacted when federal funding kicks in again. Clients who did not receive letters stating that their vouchers had been temporarily frozen and informing them of the waiting list may not be on the waiting list and need to call NYCHA to ensure that they are on a waitlist. The following information will apply if/when federal funding is restored and the freeze is lifted, allowing NYCHA to accept new applications, or currently if clients with vouchers are granted transfer or portability vouchers.
NYCHA Section 8 General Waitlist is closed to the public– prior to the freeze, applications were accepted only under three priorities: ACS referrals, DV priority, or DA intimidated witness program.
DA intimidated witness: the legal definition of intimidated witness requires some kind of threat to the witness by the defendant/perpetrator or someone associated with the defendant/perpetrator. DA’s office will not assist unless this def’n is met, so make sure clients TELL THEIR DA about any threats they experience.
DA’s office has a victim services dep’t: 718-250-3820 with counselors who can write letters on behalf of clients – advocacy letters. But not assign them the DA Int. Witness priority in applying.
Domestic Violence Priority (N-1): victims of domestic violence are required to prove their status as victims with criminal justice documentation of two or more incidents of violence and/or one “serious” felony and an advocacy letter from a DV service provider. See http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycha/html/assistance/need_based.shtml
Clients applying with ACS assistance: The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), which oversees Section 8 housing, granted Children's Services what is known as priority code access to Section 8 vouchers for families involved with Children's Services. See charts above under ACS Programs
Code 0 = referred to Housing Authority by DHS (INACTIVE – DHS under the Bloomberg Administration has declined to enact referral policies to NYCHA Section 8. It is possible that Advantage tenants intended to transition to Section 8 were meant to be listed as Code 0 applications but this issue is essentially moot as of 12/17/09) Code 1 = referred to Housing Authority by ACS under either FUP (Family Reunification Program) Processed by the Housing Support and Services Unit of ACS, located at 150 William Street in Manhattan, 8th floor.
Children's Services Housing Support Service Specialists process families for Section 8 housing in cases when lack of permanent housing is the “primary barrier” preventing a timely reunification of parents with children who are in foster care. Applicants are still required to undergo a criminal background check and meet other NYCHA requirements. NOTE: This code is available ONLY where children are in Funded Foster Care (they must be remanded or in placement, not on trial discharge). Children being reunited with parents from parole to kinship (or non-kinship) care are not eligible for reunification priorities for NYCHA or Section 8
NOTE: This includes whose children are in voluntary placement in city-funded foster care to apply, go in person to the HSS office. It is generally easier to go with a case planner but clients are allowed to apply in person alone if they have the necessary documents. MUST BRING: Housing Eligibility Memorandum and NYCHA Family Eligibility Memo, both signed by foster agency program director ILP (Independent Living Program) - Young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 who have an ACS case currently open (as subject child) residing in foster care with a permanency planning goal of APPLA and who are leaving care also qualify.
Voucher details and amount:
Section 8 contributes to rent UP TO the following amounts (see below). Family must contribute at least 30% of income (after allowable deductions—see guide) for rent, but may not pay more than 40% of income. The total rent can be higher than the payment standard but the family will have to pay the difference in addition to their 30% of income obligation, so long as client contribution does not exceed 40% max.
Section 8 does not pay: security deposit, brokers fees, or utilities – responsibility of tenant. Tenants do not need to be on public assistance, but if they are, they will have to pay the greater of their shelter allowance OR 30% of total income after deductions. Each voucher is valid for only 120 days, unless client applies for and receives reasonable accommodation extension
For more information, see the NYCHA Section 8 webpage at http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycha/html/section8/section8.shtml
NYCHA-Section 8 Payment Standards effective 10/01/11 (110% of 10/01/11 FMR)
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About this Guide:
The goal of the guide is to provide a summary of information on current affordable housing programs and resources in New York City. This guide was created in 2012, with input from the current members of the Housing for Vulnerable Families Coalition.
Please be aware that the information contained in this guide is subject to change. Although we strive to maintain the accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of the information found in this Guide, the Public Advocate’s office and the Housing for Vulnerable Families Work Group recommends that you also check the websites of the appropriate government agency or non-profit organization to verify that the information contained in this guide remains up-to-date and accurate.
About the Housing for Vulnerable Families Coalition:
The Housing for Vulnerable Families Coalition brings together a wide spectrum of stakeholders that care about housing for very vulnerable families in New York City, including service providers, advocates and policy makers from the domestic violence, child welfare, and housing fields, to share available resources, discuss shared challenges and create solutions to help provide greater housing stability for the most vulnerable families in our community.