TDAP / Renters Program

New York City is offering a temporary rental subsidy and housing referral assistance to eligible low-income renters who were affected by Hurricane Sandy and who were displaced from their homes as a result of the storm. The type of assistance offered depends on household income. The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) created the Temporary Disaster Assistance Program (TDAP) to serve very low-income renter households who were displaced from their New York City homes as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Low-income renter households are defined as households whose income is less than 50% of the federally determined Area Media Income (AMI). TDAP rental subsidy is limited to two years and must be used within New York City. Households are required to pay 30% of their income toward rent.

Eligibility

  1. Application
  2. Search
  3. Inspection and Rent Review
  4. Lease-up

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Eligibility
Initial income eligibility is determined through the central Build it Back 311 intake process. Income and other eligibility factors are further reviewed and confirmed through the TDAP program at HPD.

Household Size Maximum Household Income for Rental Subsidy
(50% of AMI)
Maximum Household Income for Housing Referral
(80% of AMI)
1 $30,100 $48,100
2 $34,400 $55,000
3 $38,700 $61,850
4 $42,950 $68,700
5 $46,400 $74,200
6 $49,850 $79,700
7 $53,300 $85,200
8 $56,700 $90,700

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1. Application

Registrants are pre-screened for eligibility over the phone and invited to HPD for an application workshop. Renters complete the application and provide supporting documentation to determine their eligibility for TDAP.

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2. Search
Eligible applicants attend a TDAP Briefing at HPD where they receive a TDAP coupon and Landlord Package, which they will use to search for an apartment. Applicants have 120 days in which to complete their search and return a completed Landlord Package.

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3. Inspection and Rent Review
HPD inspects the proposed apartment to assess its safety and reviews the proposed rent to ensure that it does not exceed rents for comparable units.

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4. Lease-up
HPD executes a Rental Assistance Contract with the landlord. The Landlord executes a lease with the tenant, and the tenant moves into the subsidized unit.

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Housing Referral
HPD is offering assistance with apartment referrals to low-income renter households (up to 80% AMI) who are displaced from their New York City homes as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Eligible households identified through the Build It Back 311 intake process may work with a housing placement coordinator who will provide referrals to owners and managers of available affordable apartments.

If renters accept an apartment referral, HPD will send their name and contact information to the owner/manager, who will call the renter to schedule an interview. From that point on, the renter is responsible for all communication and coordination with owner/manager through move-in. A total of three referrals will be provided.

HPD does not provide assistance with fees, deposits, or moving expenses. TDAP participants may also request assistance with housing referrals.

Relocation Assistance
If you live in a property damaged by Sandy and if your building owner is a participant in the Build it Back Program which requires you to move during construction funded by the program, you will be contacted regarding your right to relocation benefits during your landlord’s intake process for the Build it Back program.

Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities is operating a Disaster Case Management program for help with a variety of disaster-related needs. For more information, please call Catholic Charities’ Sandy Referral Line at 855-258-0483 or visit their website.

Housing Lotteries
HPD hosts lotteries for affordable housing developments, both rental and ownership, across the city. Different buildings have different income requirements, and you must qualify under the project-specific requirements. Please visit these sites for a list of current lotteries: HPD Lottery Listings and Housing Connect.

Renters with Household Incomes Greater Than 80% AMI
The City has worked with the independent real estate website, Urban Edge, to provide short term listings for displaced Sandy renters. You may also search their database of long term options, which includes landlords who have expressed a desire to work with displaced Sandy renters. More information is available here.

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