Please note that CityFHEPS is not a program offered by New Destiny.  It is administered by the Department of Social Services (DSS), which includes both the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) and the Human Resources Administration (HRA).

CityFHEPS is a New York City rental assistance supplement to help individuals and families find and keep housing. It is administered by the Department of Social Services (DSS).

As of September 1, 2021, the payment standards, or the maximum rent that the subsidy will pay, for CityFHEPS are now linked to the Fair Market Rent, which is significantly higher than the previous payment standards. Click here for the new payment standards. We recommend all individuals with a current CityFHEPS shopping letter contact the provider that gave them the shopping letter to request a new one that shows the updated payment standards.

Click here for CityFHEPS forms and documents.

The HRA has provided CityFHEPS FAQs for clients in shelter and for clients at risk of entering shelter. These documents are also available in other languages.

Initial eligibility requirements for CityFHEPS requires that all households:

  • Apply for Cash Assistance (CA) and all members who are eligible must be in receipt of CA without sanctions. (Please note that having an open CA case is not a requirement, but you must initiate a case).
  • Apply and accept any federal or state housing subsidy, including Section 8, if eligible
  • Be ineligible for the Family Homelessness Eviction Prevention Supplement (FHEPS)
  • Have a total gross income that does not exceed 200% of the federal poverty level. The federal poverty levels, as of January 17, 2020, available here, vary by household size.

For more information on further eligibility requirements please contact a case manager at a DHS, HRA shelter or your nearest Homebase provider.