As a result of Hurricane Sandy and its devastating effects on New York City residents including applicants and participants in the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s (HPD) Section 8 program, the HPD Division of Tenant Resources (DTR) has changed some Section 8 program policies and procedures to support hurricane victims and ease anticipated hardships.
By following the link below, you will find a list of local, federal and other resources available to affected families. Hard copies of the information below are also available at 100 Gold Street in Room 1-0.
Hurricane Sandy Housing Resources.
Affected families who must move with their voucher will have the following accommodations:
HPD will waive the usual requirements of an annual re-certification
HPD will waive the landlord release before issuing a move voucher
Once relocating families find an apartment, Housing Quality Standard inspections will be prioritized
Housing Quality Standards (HQS):
At annual HQS inspections, Hurricane Sandy-related non-life threatening failure items will be identified and an extension of up to 30 days will be allowed to make corrections. Owners whose units are significantly impacted by the storm and need additional time may request additional accommodation in writing. Written requests should be directed to the Division of Tenant Resources, HQS Unit, 100 Gold Street, Room 4Y2, New York, NY 10038. The request should include the participant’s name, assisted address, the best way for HPD to reach the owner with a response (phone number, email address, etc) and explanation of the hardship that causes the need for additional time to make corrections. Documentation of the hardship should also be included.
Section 8 applicants or participants who had an active voucher on 10/26/2012 but whose vouchers expire before 12/31/12 are eligible for an automatic 30 day extension. In addition those significantly impacted by the storm who may need additional time to return a Landlord Package to HPD once a unit has been found, may write a letter requesting more time. Written requests should include the participant’s name, assisted address, the reason for the request and the best way for HPD to reach the participant with a response (phone number, email address, etc). Written requests for voucher extensions should be sent to the Division of Tenant Resources, Move Unit 100 Gold Street, Room 1-0 New York, NY 10038.
Provide extensions as needed:
Additional Information requests, Pre-termination responses and Annual Recertification packages due to HPD between 10/29/12 and 11/30/12 will receive an automatic two-week extension. Those significantly impacted by the storm who may need additional time may call 917-286-4300 and request to speak with their Case Manager.