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Housing Programs & Services

FHEPS: Under COVID-19

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Summary

FHEPS is a rent supplement in NYC for households with minor dependent children in receipt of Cash Assistance (CA) who have been evicted or who are facing eviction, or who lost their housing because of health or safety issues, certain court decisions, or domestic violence. FHEPS is administered by NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) and NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).

If you are a Benefits Plus subscriber, for additional information on FHEPS, refer to Benefits Plus, Cash Benefits, Cash Assistance, Housing Subsidies, State FHEPS. For subscription information visit: https://bplc.cssny.org/home/subscription_options.

Eligibility of Applicant Households in the Community

To qualify for FHEPS when households are not residing in a shelter, the household must be in the community facing homelessness or will become homeless by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • Subject to an eviction proceeding due to nonpayment of excess rent, or
  • Subject to an eviction proceeding within the last 12 months, or
  • Foreclosure action has commenced.

NYS OTDA denied HRA’s application for a waiver that would have eliminated the need for an eviction proceeding in housing court. This could be problematic, as some households may not meet the above listed criteria if they are not sued in housing court. In addition, in NYC, eviction cases are only being scheduled in NYC Housing Court if both parties are represented by legal counsel. If a household has received court notices indicating that an eviction proceeding has been filed, but is not represented by an attorney, the court case may remain off the calendar for the foreseeable future. If a household is represented by a legal service organization, they should work with their attorney to apply, see immediately below, FHEPS, Applying for FHEPS.

Advocacy Tip

Tenants who are being sued in housing court should consult with an attorney to determine if there are any eviction protections that will prevent an eviction, see above, Eviction Moratoriums, Protections Against Residential Evictions.
NYC Tenants without legal representation who receive notices from the court should call 311 and/or Housing Court Answers at 212-962-4795, Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm. When calling 311, tenants should ask to be connected to the Tenant Helpline, where they may be able to access free legal representation. Housing Court Answers is a valuable resource for questions about answering court notices and the current housing court processes.
Tenants with legal representation should contact their attorneys.
For additional tenant resources, see below, Additional Resources, Tenant Resources.

Applying for FHEPS

Households who are represented by a nonprofit legal service provider should work with their attorney or contact their nearest Homebase to access and apply for FHEPS.

Households that do not have legal representation but have an active Cash Assistance case can get screened for FHEPS after they apply for Cash/Emergency Assistance on ACCESS HRA or at an open HRA Job Center.