How does the FEPS housing supplement help tenants?


Quick Answer

The Family Eviction Prevention Supplement, or FEPS, helps tenants who qualify with financial assistance to keep the tenant from eviction. The supplement provides rental assistance for up to five years.

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To qualify, applicants must have at least one child under the age of 18 (or 19 and attending high school or vocational school) and an open public assistance case. The applicant must be facing eviction for failure to pay rent above the shelter allowance for the size of the applicant's family based on the public assistance guidelines. Applicants may be eligible for assistance to move to a new residence if there is a current vacate order or a pending foreclosure.

FEPS pays monthly rent payments for up to five years and pays arrears up to $7000, as of 2015. The actual amount of financial assistance is dependent upon how many people in the applicant's family are on the public assistance case and the type of income the applicant's family receives. Income other than public assistance mandates the family pay 30 percent of their income towards the monthly rent. If a family member has income other than public assistance, the amount of assistance provided by FEPS is less than for a family who has no additional income aside from public assistance.

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