NYCHA can help eligible NYCHA residents and Section 8 voucher-holders access rent incentives that can ease the adjustment to a rent increase. Here are two rent incentive programs offered through NYCHA:
Earned Income Disallowance (EID)
Are you a NYCHA public housing resident or disabled NYCHA Section 8 voucher-holder who recently started working and had an increase in your income? Your rent may not have to increase if you are an authorized resident and you qualify for the Earned Income Disallowance (EID). EID is a program that keeps your rent from going up in the first year after your income increases from employment and/or business related activities. In the second year, your rent will only increase by half the amount that it normally would. You may qualify to receive the Earned Income Disallowance if:
- You increased your income during participation in an economic self-sufficiency program by getting a new job, starting a new business, or increasing your income at your current job or business; or
- You got a new job and were unemployed before for 12 months or more , or were under employed earning less than $3,625 per year; or were unemployed and received Unemployment Insurance Benefits; or
- You were on public assistance and/or participated in a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)-funded program, received cash payment services and now you are newly employed or have increased earnings
NYCHA can help you learn more about the Earned Income Disallowance. First review a list of Frequently Asked Questions, and then contact your property management office to find out if you are eligible!
If you live in one of NYCHA’s mixed-finance developments, review this list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Earned Income Disallowance to learn more.
Family Self-Sufficiency Program
The New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) Office of Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability (REES) can help NYCHA Section 8 voucher-holders establish savings. If you are a NYCHA Section 8 voucher-holder, you are eligible to join the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. The Family Self-Sufficiency program, allows you to save money when your rent goes up as a result of your income increasing. When an FSS program participant gets a rent increase, NYCHA will save the difference between your old rent amount and your new rent amount in a savings account for you.
If you and your family participate in the FSS program, you will be referred to a local REES partner who can help you reach your financial goals. Since goal-setting is a very important part of the FSS program, REES partners can offer you many services, including adult education classes, career counseling, financial counseling, income supports or vocational training. In five years, following completion of the program, you will receive the money NYCHA saved for you in the savings account.
REES is now recruiting participants to join the Family Self-Sufficiency program! To learn if you are eligible please sign-up to attend an Information Session or call 718.289.8100 to learn how to enroll!