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Resources During COVID19: HOUSING

Submitted by CCPH on March 26, 2020. Get Healthy Heights Columbia Community Partnership for Health

Housing:

● Housing Security: Evictions and eviction proceedings have been suspended statewide: https://www.lawhelpny.org/resource/coronavirus

● For updated information about Housing Court, visit: Housing Court Info ALL Housing Court actions have been postponed; participants will receive a postcard from the court with new appointment times when things get back to normal. NYCHA’s hearing office has adjourned all cases for at least two weeks. Its rent hardship program will be extended to affected households. Rent hardship applies if your income before taxes is down 5 percent, your rent is more than 30 percent of your take-home pay, and your income is down for more than two months in a row. For both market-rate and rent-stabilized tenants, hardship relief will depend on the flexibility of your landlord or building management company.

Tenants Rights and Legal Support The Metropolitan Council on Housing’s Tenants’ Rights Hotline offers service in Spanish and English at 212-979-0611: Monday & Wednesday, 1:30–8:00pm Tuesday: 5:30–8:00pm Friday: 1:30–5:30pm

Goddard Law Project at (212) 799-9638, x0 PA’LANTE Harlem, Inc. at (212) 491-2541—English & Spanish spoken Legal Services NYC at (917) 661-4509—serves residents city-wide in several languages

Rozen Law Group is offering free 15-minute Zoom consults, referral to free legal services if a tenant qualifies, and discounted rates if they don’t. Section 8 Housing

The HPD Section 8 Customer Service Office at 100 Gold Street is closed until at least March 30th, but the HPD Section 8 team is still available to the public. Residents should email dtrai@hpd.nyc.gov for assistance HPD will automatically extend any Section 8 voucher set to expire. Voucher holders do not need to reach out to HPD for an extension. All subsidy terminations that are in process are suspended until further notice. All hearings for appeal are cancelled until further notice. HPD will continue to pay subsidy until a final determination is made. Any HPD Section 8 voucher holders facing rent hardships due to decreases in income should contact HPD.

HPD will temporarily suspend HQS inspections. If you have a life-threatening condition, please call 311. NYCHA encourages households experiencing a loss of income to visit the NYCHA Self-Service Portal. NYCHA NYCHA administrative hearings office will be closed through March 27, 2020.

All hearings and conferences scheduled during this two-week period are adjourned. You will receive a letter with a new hearing or conference date. For more information, please call (718) 218-1182/1184. NYCHA encourages households experiencing a loss of income to visit the NYCHA Self-Service Portal Healthcare during COVID-19.

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