Mocobizscene- New York City Mayor Eric Adams is taking significant steps to address housing aid in the city. In a move that hasn’t been seen in nearly 15 years, Mayor Adams is set to issue numerous federal rental assistance vouchers and open up new applications for Section 8 housing. While this initiative is expected to bring relief to many New Yorkers in need, there are concerns that some individuals who have been patiently waiting for housing assistance may still face exclusion from the program due to administrative reasons.
The city is facing challenges such as soaring rents, a shortage of housing, and a growing number of homeless individuals. In an effort to address these issues, the city has decided to open up applications for housing vouchers. While it has been mentioned that “1,000 vouchers a month” will be issued, specific details regarding the timeline and implementation of the plan have yet to be provided.
Additionally, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), which already provides Section 8 vouchers to almost 100,000 households, will also begin accepting new applications later this year.
Approximately 7,000 individuals are still on the waiting list, a significant decrease from its peak of over 100,000 households. When distributing vouchers, NYCHA will give priority to various groups, including homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, and individuals with disabilities.
The Housing Choice Voucher program, also known as Section 8, is a federal housing assistance program that allows recipients to keep their vouchers indefinitely once they find a suitable apartment. In New York City, the income criteria for eligibility are approximately $50,000 for individuals and $70,600 for a family of four.
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