Update on Advantage Program

Thank you to the Legal Aid Society for providing us with the information below.

Advantage Tenants:

Your May Advantage Rent Will Be Paid

New York City sent notices to thousands of Advantage households saying it would no longer pay Advantage rent subsidies after March 31.  Legal Aid sued the City to make the City keep its promise to pay the rent subsidies for at least one full year for each household.

On March 28, 2011, Legal Aid and Weil won a court order requiring the City to pay the Advantage rent due in April for Advantage tenants.  On April 21, 2011, that order was extended to May 2nd, and the City is therefore paying May rent for Advantage tenants. This order covers only Advantage tenants who are still within their Advantage lease period.

The court will decide on May 2nd whether the City will have to pay any Advantage rent in the future

Remember:

  • The City has been ordered to pay your May Advantage rent amount.
  • We don’t yet know whether the City will be ordered to pay any further Advantage rent.
  • Continue to pay your portion of your rent to your landlord on time.
  • Continue to follow Advantage rules.
  • If you are in the middle of your Advantage lease period by the City has not sent some of your payments, call 311 to complain and ask for an investigation.
  • Request a fair hearing if you have not already done so. (See below for info on how to request a Fair Hearing)
  • Your landlord cannot evict you without taking you to Housing Court.
  • Don’t leave your apartment to reapply at PATH just because you think your Advantage rent will not be paid!
  • Your landlord cannot evict you without taking you to Housing Court.

To request a Fair Hearing:

1.  Fax a copy of your notice to 518.473.6735 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 518.473.6735 end_of_the_skype_highlighting (keep your confirmation)  or

2.  Make an online request at www.otda.state.ny.us/oah/forms.asp or

3.  Go in person to the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance at 14 Boerum Place, Ground Floor (corner of Livingston), Brooklyn, New York. (By Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall; N, R to Court Street).

We will share more information as we get it. Written by the Legal Aid Society, Homeless Rights Project 1-800-649-9125 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-649-9125 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.



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18 Comments

  1. I will like to no if the advandge program going to pay november becuase I have 6kids and I dont want to see my self in the street with my kids please someone answer my question thank you

  2. I will like to no if the program going to pay november rent plz someone answer my question plz

  3. I’m on ssd n my son on ssi and its still not enough to pay for an apartment and I haven’t heard anything back from sec8 and I don’t know what else to do

    • Hello, sorry to hear about your predicament. If you live in NYC please call the legal hotline at 212 626 7383 . If you live outside of NYC, please visit http://www.LawHelp.org/NY and go to the Housing topic, Section 8 subtopic, then put in your county/zip and go to Find A Lawyer section to try to find a legal aid organization that can help you. You can also click on the LiveHelp button on the website to chat with someone who can help you find assistance.

  4. Alicia Roman says:

    Advantage program is not solution for homeless people. Only solution is permanent housing lijes nycha and section 8. And the people with disabilyti is suppost preference any program. And why the people have nycha
    apartment

  5. Alicia Roman says:

    The letters send DHS recently only said paid june rent. When you call DHS said And asked about the future rent the ladies said I no have more information about this. And said DHS more information june 9 2011 for advantage family and homeless shelter. Really is very confused about the program.

    said I no have more information about this. And said the DHS have more indirmat

  6. Alicia Roman says:

    The advantage program is terminated. And DHC said stay in the apartment.but my question is for what? Is the city said no more program why is shelter not permitted apply for come back to shelter. Especially for people disabled. Is impossible paid rent SSI because rent is to high and the income is too low. Seth diamond said is open 70 new shelter. What happen is not open not yet. And who paid july rent 2011.thank you .I wait for you answers urgent.

    • I can understand all of this frustration. The City has been ordered to pay June rent and rent for the future months until at least September 2011. If you are in the middle of your Advantage lease period but the City has not sent some of your payments for May 2011 or earlier months, call 311 to complain and ask for an investigation. The City is only continuing to pay for people who currently have Advantage leases, so you will not be able to get into the Advantage Program again if you return to the shelter. They are not issuing new Advantage leases at this time.

  7. Lorraine Nunez says:

    My Lease Is Till 9/28/11.This Is My Second ?But My Frist APP Don’t Count Because HPD Special Enforement Enforcement Unit Attempted To gain Access To York illegal Basement App. A Vacate order has been issued to your app basement and Was To Enforced on 3/12/10. So Blue Coss Send Me To HPD I Want To Queens YMCA For 7 Months.Because Department Of Homeless Service Past My Basement Appontment. I Fill A Complaint With The HUD. I Should Have One More 1ys For app. Lorraine Nunez 646-596-3583 .Thank You I Would Ilke To Go To Count.

    • Dear Lorraine,

      Sorry to hear about your situation. Please try to contact either of these agencies for more assistance with your problem: Housing Court Answers (212) 962-4795, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, or the Legal Aid Society Homeless Rights Project (800) 649-9125 .

      Best of luck.

  8. Lorraine Nunez says:

    My Lease Is Till 9/28/11.This Is My Second ?But My Frist APP Don’t Count Because HPD Special Enforement Enforcement Unit Attempted To gain Access To York illegal Basement App. A Vacate order has been issued to your app basement and Was To Enforced on 3/12/10. So Blue Coss Send Me To HPD I Want To Qunnns YMCA For 7 Months.Because Department Of Homeless Service Past My Basement Appontment. I Fill A Complaint With The HUD. I Should Have One More 1ys For app. Lorraine Nunez 646-596-3583 .Thank You I Would Ilke To Go To Count.

  9. NY Advantage Recipient says:

    Before my lease singing this past February was a homeless drop in center client. One month after my lease singing I find out ALL I have endured as a DHS client was a complete waste of my time and energy. Now I have to use 85% of my SSD to pay for rent in a “so called” affordable housing unit instead of what I originally qualified for which supposed to be 30% of my income. This why those of you reading this cannot expect the government ever to take care of you regardless of how much you are entitled or qualified for help. Please don’t get your hopes up with these government funded programs because most likely you will be screwed over just like me or worse. Therefore, I pray you seek some kind of rehabilitation instead of co-dependency on a system that will always and I mean always forever fail you forever more.

  10. I am a hard working mother of two little girls. I lived in the shelter system for ten months. It was very difficult for my older daughter to understand why we had to live there. I could’t find an apartment for us because I have bad credit, so we had no other choice. And I thank God that we were able to have a place to live for ten months but I would not like to go back. I have work advantage and it has helped me keep food in the house because I don’t make enough money to pay the rent on my own and buy food. I don’t get food stamps, I get no other help. If they take the Advantage program away from me, my daughters and I will go hungry every night. I pray to the Great Lord that they will continue with the aide because it will be unjust to many of us who just can’t make ends meet.

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