Following the ending of the Advantage program (jointly funded by NYS and NYC), the de Blasio administration established the Living in Communities (LINC) rental assistance program in 2015 to promote stable housing for homeless families and individuals. Clients were recertified annually for rental assistance. The LINC program is divided into LINC I, II, III, IV, V, and VI. In 2019, LINC I, II, III, IV, and V were consolidated into the Family Homelessness and Eviction Prevention Subsidies (CityFHEPS), and LINC VI was replaced by Pathway Home.
LINC I helped families in shelter who are working at least 35 hours a week but are unable to afford stable housing.
LINC II helped families in shelter who have income but can’t afford stable housing.
The LINC III rental assistance program helped families in shelter whose lives have been affected by domestic violence.
LINC IV targeted individual adults and adult families in New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) shelters, safe havens and drop-in centers who are, or include someone who is age 60 or above, who is in receipt of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Supplemental Security Disability Income (SSD), or veteran’s disability benefits or compensation, or who is not currently in receipt of such benefits but determined by the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) to be potentially eligible for such benefits.
LINC V was targeted to individual adults and adult families in DHS shelters, safe havens and drop in centers who are working, but are unable to afford stable housing.
LINC VI helped individuals and families move out of shelter and reunify with host families consisting of friends or relatives (“host families”).