NYC Section 8 Reopens After 15 Years, Promised Fair Housing Funds Missing

Jun 5, 2024

"NYCHA is now accepting applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, which provides rental aid for low-income families. The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is a federally funded program administrated by NYCHA. Section 8 rental vouchers help low-income families afford rent when searching for housing in the private market," reported WPIX-11 TV. "People can now apply online to join the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program’s waitlist in New York City. The application period will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on June 9. For more information about the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and eligibility requirements, click here."

"After pledging millions of dollars to crack down on landlords and brokers who reject apartment applicants based on how they pay the rent, the city has delayed the rollout of its enforcement plan and slashed funding for a program meant to stop housing discrimination," reported WNYC's Gothamist. "...Budget documents show that the Adams administration has yet to issue the contract to enforce the anti-discrimination laws and has instead cut a quarter of the funding it touted in a press release 15 months ago. The delay comes as roughly 11,000 households living in city shelters have rental assistance vouchers but can’t find apartments amid an increasing affordable housing shortage. The backlog persists as the city grapples with near record-high homelessness, according to shelter data, though officials are planning to release thousands of additional federal housing subsidies to low-income tenants."