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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Press Room


May 6, 2002

Press Contacts:
Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176
Kim Brown (212) 863-8076


Special Section 8 initiative to serve up to 1,000 households

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Jerilyn Perine reminds New Yorkers that the agency is offering rental assistance under its Section 8 program to income-eligible households that lost or are at risk of losing their housing as a result of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. She also announced amendments to its eligibility rules - extending benefits to those whose work location had been in Chinatown (as defined below) and making it easier for lower-income households to qualify for benefits.

Section 8 rental assistance is a federally funded housing subsidy program that provides low-income families the opportunity to live in privately-owned rental housing by supplementing what they could afford on their own.

This initiative will serve families who suffered a loss or reduction of employment in the area impacted by the attack on the World Trade Center, or injury or loss of an income-earning member of the household in the attack. Households with incomes between 50% and 80% of area median income (that is between $31,400 and $50,240 for a family of four) must have suffered at least a 25% involuntary reduction in gross household income, and households with incomes up to 50% of area median income (up to $31,400 for a family of four) must have suffered at least a 10% involuntary reduction in gross household income after September 11. In addition, the employee's job site must have been located in the designated geographic area: Manhattan south of and including the south side of Canal Street from the Hudson River to the Bowery, and south of the Manhattan Bridge to the East River or north of Canal Street to Delancey and Kenmare Streets with a western boundary of Lafayette Street.

HPD, which will assist up to 1,000 households in this special category, is accepting applications through September 30, 2002. Individuals who think they may be eligible for assistance should contact Ms. Paule Theodore of HPD at (212) 863-8816.

HPD is the nation's largest municipal housing agency. A major responsibility of the agency is to encourage the preservation of affordable housing through education, outreach, loan programs and enforcement of housing quality standards.

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