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Federal & State Subsidized Housing Programs

Our federal and state subsidized housing program materials are prepared primarily for legal services attorneys or other advocates who are assisting client currently living in, or planning to apply for, housing that is assisted by a federal or state housing subsidy program.  These programs and their rules are very complex, so we have prepared some tools for you to identify the type of housing program involved and the rules that apply.

Identifying the Assisted Housing and the Applicable Laws and Regulations in Your Service Area will give you a more detailed resource for identifying the particular housing program you client may be involved with and includes specific information and links to the regulations, guidebooks and other resources that apply.  It covers not only HUD programs but Rural Housing (USDA), Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and some state-assisted housing programs (Mitchell-Lama).

In addition, our Online Database of HUD Multi-Family Housing in NYS  provides an Excel database taken from data downloaded from HUD’s national database but which we have reformatted to make it easier to use by listing housing developments by county and by revising the headings and format to help you understand the information more readily.  One feature that might be especially useful is that the Excel database includes a separate worksheet with links to specific HUD regulations and materials. You should refer back to this worksheet once you have identified the housing development in question from the “Housing by County” worksheet.  (Although this database is primarily for HUD programs, we have also included individual links to detailed NYS Mitchell-Lama housing development financing information on a separate worksheet).



Empire Justice Advocacy as part of the Long Island Language Advocates Coalition Expands Access to Section 8 Housing
Empire Justice advocated with LILAC to get a housing authority to translate application materials into Spanish, and make the program more accessible to LEP applicants. Read More

Holocaust or Nazi Victim Reparations -- Effect on Medicaid, SSI and other Federally Funded and New York State Benefits
Under a 1994 law, (h.r. 1873 or public law 103-286), Holocaust compensation payments made to individuals based on their status as victims of Nazi persecution are excluded from being counted as income and resources in determining both eligibility for and the amount of benefits to be provided under any Federally funded program based on financial need. This means payments made to victims of Nazi persecution do not increase the countable income, and therefore do not increase the Medicaid "spend-down" of Holocaust survivors and other Nazi victims. Savings accumulated from reparations are not counted as resources. The same exemption applies to Supplemental Security Income, Food Stamps and Federally subsidized Housing programs. Read More

Relationship of the Key Federal "Assisted Housing" Programs
Powerpoint presentation on the relationship of the Key Federal Assisted Housing Programs. Read More

Federal & State Subsidized Housing Programs: Articles


Under local laws, 911 calls turn domestic abuse victims into ‘nuisances’
Nuisance ordinances, designed to curb illegal activity in rental properties, punish survivors of violence, critics say Read More

Affordable housing in the suburbs hard to come by
Finding affordable housing outside the city — especially for families — can range from challenging to downright impossible, according to local housing experts. Read More


Empire Justice Center Testimony on Human Services in the 2008-2009 Executive Budget
Testimony to the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees regarding budget priorities for Human Services Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony at the Public Hearing on the Adequacy of the Public Assistance Grant
This hearing enables us to examine the extent to which the welfare grant enables poor households to meet their fundamental needs. And if it fails to achieve that objective, then we must determine how best to remedy the situation. Read More

Federal & State Subsidized Housing Programs: Policy Advocacy


Public Assistance Issues for Teens and Young Adults / Housing Advocacy to Prevent Children from Languishing in Foster Care
This presentation will address some of the benefits and assistance available to teenagers, young adults and young families, approximately ages 16-22. Benefit areas covered will include cash assistance, Food Stamps, Medicaid and housing resources for teens and young adults who are living on their own or aging out of foster care. Read More

Landlord & Tenant 101: The Basics: What New Attorneys and Non-Housing Practitioners Need to Know About Eviction Proceedings
If you are a recently admitted attorney, or an attorney whose work primarily consists of representation in non-housing matters, this training will give you the information you need to advise and represent clients who are facing the possibility of eviction. Read More