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Our guide includes information on eleven supportive housing programs for New Yorkers.  Select any of the programs below for more information.

NY/NY I, II, and III 

Offers supportive housing, either congregate or scattered-site, for individuals and families living in shelter or who have moved 3 or more times in the last 12 months with a disabling medical condition, substance abuse or mental illness. Eligible individuals for housing under the terms of the NY/NY I, II Agreements are seriously and persistently mentally ill (SPMI), meet NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) Community Support Services (CSS) criteria and are documented as currently homeless. All applicants must be employed, have an active PA /SSI case or other source of income. Eligible individuals for housing under the terms of the NY/NY III agreement are generally chronically homeless single adults and families who have a substance abuse disorder or young adults leaving foster care at risk of homelessness. [Learn More]

Time limit? For youth aging out of foster care, until the age 26 at which tenant will be assisted in finding independent housing.

Age Restrictions? 18+ 

Shelter/Homeless Requirement?

--Yes (with a few exceptions for Families)
–No for Young adults

Priority Populations? Categories are designed for certain populations

Helps with Eviction Prevention? No 

Helps with Arrears? No 

Helps Move-In Assistance? Will help tenants coordinate move from shelter; no financial support  

 

COMMON GROUND 

Designed for the chronically homeless or individuals who find themselves on the edge of homelessness.  Eligible applicants must meet Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) criteria for homelessness or low-income individuals. [ Learn more ]

Time limit? No 

Age Restrictions? 18+ 

Shelter/Homeless Requirement? Yes 

Immigration Status? Case by case basis determined by housing provider

Priority Populations? No

Helps with Eviction Prevention? No 

Helps with Arrears? No 

Helps Move-In Assistance? No   

 

WOMEN IN NEED 

Provides housing, help and hope to New York City women and their families who are homeless and disadvantaged. Through comprehensive programs such as shelter, supportive permanent housing, job training, domestic violence services, alcohol and substance abuse treatment and childcare, WIN offers the tools and guidance which allow our families to return to their communities and live independently.  Groups with priority status for housing are single mothers who are aging out of foster care, or victims of domestic violence.  Applicants must be living in a Tier II shelter. [ Learn more ]

Time limit? No

Age Restrictions? 18+ 

Shelter/Homeless Requirement? Yes: applicants must be living in a Tier II shelter

Immigration Status? Case by case determined by housing provider

Priority Populations? Single mothers who are aging out of foster care; victims of domestic violence; or in recovery

Helps with Eviction Prevention? No 

Helps with Arrears? No 

Helps Move-In Assistance? No   

 

Housing + Solutions 

Provides permanent and supportive housing for homeless women and families with a history of mental illness and substance abuse. [ Learn more ]

Shelter/Homeless Requirement? Yes

Priority Populations? Homeless women with children who are working and have a disability (substance abuse, mental illness, etc.)

 

CAMBA 

Offers affordable and supportive housing for low-income or formerly homeless individuals and families.  Referrals are through DHS after approval through the HRA 2010e electronic housing application.  Must be a legal resident and over the age of 18.  Those part of NY/NY III agreement and determined to be High Service Needs persons by DOHMH receive priority placement. [ Learn more ]

Time limit? No 

Age Restrictions? 18+, no full time students 

Shelter/Homeless Requirement? Yes 

Immigration Status? Must be legal resident

Priority Populations? DOHMH High Service Needs, NY/NY III

Helps with Eviction Prevention? No 

Helps with Arrears? No 

Helps Move-In Assistance? No   

 

Services for the Underserved (SUS) 

Provides supportive housing and clinical services to adults with mental illness, developmental disabilities, children with developmental disabilities and adults, families, and seniors living with AIDS. [ Learn more ]

Priority Populations? Adults with mental illness; adults with developmental disabilities; children                with developmental disabilities; adults and families living with AIDS; seniors living with AIDS

 

 Institute for Community Living 

Gives supportive housing to people and families with serious mental illness. ICL has 6 different types of housing. Call ICL Application hotline: 888-425-0501 [ Learn more ]

 

GEEL Community Services 

Provides supportive housing and management services for single adults and families.  [ Learn more ]

 

Edwin Gould Academy

Transitional residence dedicated solely to homeless young adults who have aged out of the foster care and juvenile justice systems.  Residents are expected to enroll in some type of educational or vocational program but cannot be fulltime students unless they are a single parent.  Young adults cannot enroll in the program after age 25. [ Learn more ]

Time limit? Up to age 25; Average length of stay 2-4 years

Age Restrictions? 18-25 

Shelter/Homeless Requirement? Yes 

Priority Populations? No

Helps with Eviction Prevention? No 

Helps with Arrears? No 

Helps Move-In Assistance? No  

 

Casa Sandra

Semi-permanent supportive housing for survivors of domestic violence. Residents are given housing at a confidential location for 2 – 5 years.   Residents are also required to follow certain rules and be willing to engage in programming onsite.  Referrals into the program are through the Domestic Violence shelter. [ Learn more ]

Time limit? 2-5 years 

Age Restrictions? 18+ 

Shelter/Homeless Requirement?  DV shelter

Priority Populations? DV shelter residents

Helps with Eviction Prevention? No 

Helps with Arrears? No 

Helps Move-In Assistance? No   

 

Schafer Hall Young Adult Initiative

Provides permanent supportive housing for young adults, families and single adults. The program helps young adults to achieve housing, economic, social and psychological stability. Eligible applicants must be aging out of foster care or must have aged out within past 2 years. Only 18 -23 year olds are admitted into the program.  Applicants must show proof of 3 months of employment and have an income at least less than 60% of national median income. [ Learn more ]

Time limit? None 

Age Restrictions? 18-23 

Shelter/Homeless Requirement? Yes 

Immigration Status? Case by case basis determined by housing provider

Priority Populations? Yes – for youth aging out of FC

Helps with Eviction Prevention? No 

Helps with Arrears? No 

Helps Move-In Assistance? No   

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