4 in 5 homeless rent vouchers going unused

Residents say landlords aren't accepting LINC program money
November 09, 2015 09:11AM

Only a small minority of homeless shelter residents receiving rent vouchers under the city’s Living in Communities program are using them to move out of city facilities and into privately-owned buildings.

Of the 15,921 LINC vouchers granted by the city since the program began last September, only 3,220 have been redeemed, about 20 percent of the total.

Landlords are turning away shelter residents who ask to pay with the vouchers, DNAinfo reported.

The program provides a range of subsidies for homeless families, up to $1,515 for a family of three, with a maximum of $2,530 for a family of 10.

“People don’t want to deal with a LINC V voucher because they feel that it’s unreliable,” one resident, who said she had approached 20 to 30 landlords, told DNAinfo.

A lawsuit filed in September accused the property managers at Spring Creek Towers in East New York, Grenadier Realty, of refusing to take the vouchers. [DNAinfo]Ariel Stulberg