Do all apartments qualify for FEPS?


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The Coalition for the Homeless explains that the Family Eviction Prevention Subsidy, or FEPS, is a program in the state of New York, so all apartments do not qualify for FEPS. Only families living in apartments within the state can benefit from the program. Both the families applying and the type of apartments they are in must meet certain state-mandated requirements.

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The FEPS program is under the management of the New York State Office of Temporary Disability Assistance, explains the Coalition for the Homeless. The actual rent payments for anyone approved for the program do not go to the renter. The landlord of the property receives the rent subsidy directly from the Human Resources Administration for the area.

The Public Advocate for the City of New York says that any family applying for the relief must have at least one child under the age of 18, or under the age of 19 if the child is still attending high school. The family must be facing eviction, or must have been evicted under certain detailed conditions, in order to qualify. The family also must be actively seeking help through the Public Assistance program.

The apartment cannot be a Section 8 unit, and if it is in New York City, it cannot be an apartment under the auspices of the New York City Housing Authority, states the New York Public Advocate website. FEPS gives qualified families assistance for as long as five years, and can even pay off previously unpaid rent for as much as $7,000, as of 2016.

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