Amendment of LINC VI Program
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule
In order to implement the Mayor’s priority of preventing homelessness and moving households from shelter into stable housing, and in a joint effort with the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS), the Commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) issues this proposed rule amending Chapter 7 of Title 68 of the Rules of the City of New York to authorize HRA to:
(1) make the Living in Communities Family and Friend Reunification Rental Assistance Program (LINC VI) available to homeless single adults and adult families without minor children. By expanding the eligibility criteria for LINC VI to include homeless single adults and adult families, HRA and DHS will help additional households relocate to housing with families and friends in the community. This expansion of LINC VI provides an important new option for homeless single adults and adult families that will increase the number of exits from and reduce the number of entries to shelter, helping to address and alleviate demands on the shelter system.
(2) allow households in receipt of LINC VI to receive LINC I, II, III, IV, or V rental assistance or CITYFEPS rent supplements if such households otherwise meet initial eligibility requirements for such programs but for the fact that they are not currently residing in shelter. With this change, households that may be able to stay temporarily with host families will not lose the opportunity to obtain other forms of rental assistance, and they will also be able to exit shelter while they search for stable, long-term housing. This change will increase participation in the LINC VI program and ultimately increase households’ ability to avoid re-entry into shelter.
These amendments are currently being implemented via an emergency rule that was issued on September 2, 2015. This proposed rule, if adopted, will make these changes permanent.
HRA’s authority for this proposed rule may be found in sections 34, 56, 61, 62, 77, and 131 of the New York Social Services Law and sections 603 and 1043 of the New York City Charter.