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The Rental Assistance Program provides a subsidy to help households transition into financial independence and adequate housing. The program is run by the Coalition for the Homeless.

  • The RAP subsidy is available to families for up to two years and provides support of up to $300/month.
  • Families and singles must be employed and living in a domestic violence shelter, homeless shelter or, otherwise considered homeless to apply.
  • RAP applicants must meet specific income requirements to show that they will be able to meet their rent responsibility with the RAP supplement.
  • In addition to receiving a rent subsidy, RAP families participate in ongoing case management, employment, and education activities.
  • Throughout the course of the program, case managers work closely with clients to develop and implement strategies to increase their job skills, earning potential, and ability to carry their rent payment independently. Often this involves connecting them with educational or vocational training programs. Since personal and family problems often compromise housing stability, our case managers also help clients overcome a broad range of issues that accompany homelessness. Clients receive the support they need to combat depression, reconnect with estranged relatives, and avoid relapse into substance use or alcoholism. Case managers stay in contact with clients for two years after they exit the program to provide continued support.
  • Last year the Rental Assistance Program housed 42 single adults, and 38 families. The program boasts an impressive success rate, with 85 percent of program graduates achieving permanent housing and financial independence.

For more information about the program, contact the Coalition for the Homeless at 212-776-2000.

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