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Linc housing program paying landlords big bucks

Landlords who accept renters that receive housing assistance now have another program to consider. Implemented under the De Blasio administration, in September 2014, the city rolled out its latest effort to reduce the dependency of families on the shelter systems.

LINC, also known as Living in Communities, is the first housing program in over 10 years that seems able to seriously provide rental assistance for apartments at fair market values. Prior to LINC, programs like FEPS, was largely rejected because the rent payments guidelines are not realistic. Understandably, landlords knowing very little about the LINC program, initially  refused to accept the voucher out of fear it's a short term fix, that will leave them stuck with tenants who have no possibility of paying the full rent. Our office, is a primary portal for landlords who have an apartment to rent. So of course when we became aware of the program, everyone needed more information because it seemed too good to be true. It took us a while to sort through the facts, but we are confident the information herein will you to also realize the LINC voucher is a great alternative to the Section 8 voucher.

LINC is targeted to low income residents in New York 5 boroughs that live in the shelters. It is not funded outside New york 5 boroughs and cannot be transferred like Section 8. For example, a tenant with a Section 8 voucher in the Bronx can transfer it to Connecticut. LINK vouchers are useless outside the boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island.

PAYMENT

LINC is divided into LINC 1, LINC 2, LINC 3, LINC 4 and LINC 5. Renters with the LINC 1 voucher presently are housed in the shelter system. Renters in the program must commit thirty percent (30%) of their income towards rent payment, and the program is responsible for the balance. Even though LINC says they pay the balance, a closer look at the rent payment breakdown shows, of the 70% paid by LINC, a portion of that is administered by Public Assistance (PA).  The payment chart below, breaks down the standards paid by the program. In a major shift from the Section 8 standards, you will note there is no bedroom requirement. Instead, it is based on the # of occupants. This is not an issue because occupancy translates into # of bedrooms. For example, an occupancy of 5 is awarded a max payment of $1956, similar to the amount offered by a 3 bedroom Section 8 voucher. Initially, when the program was introduced the, "Standard Maximum Rent" shown in the chart was the rent guidelines. Effective November 2014 this was replaced by the, "Enhanced Maximum Rent" guidelines.

LINC Rental Assistance Program Chart
Family Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Standard Maximum Rent $914 $1,028 $1,200 $1,257 $1,428 $1,542 $1,599 $1,714 $1,770 $1,828
ENHANCED Maximum Rent $1,213 $1,268 $1,515 $1,515 $1,956 $1,956 $2,197 $2,197 $2,530 $2,530
Increase $299 $240 $315 $258 $528 $414 $598 $483 $760 $702

LINC 1

Targeted to families with consistent work histories. These families reside in the shelter, with at least 1 full time working adult. We found these tenants the hardest to place because they were responsible for a significant portion of the rent due to their work status. Landlords, questioned if they would pay their portion of the rent, requesting additional assurances. It would help if these renters had: good credit scores and showed a savings history of at least 3 months rent to pay their portion. Renters with the LINC 1 voucher must commit thirty percent (30%) of their income towards rent payment, and the program is responsible for the balance. It is important to note that while the program is divided into LINC 1, LINC 2 and LINC 3, this does not affect the rent payouts.

LINC 2

Targeted to families with long stays, or ongoing need for shelter supported housing, demonstrated by multiple stays. Income sources for some of these families include, SS, child support and disability. We found these tenants easier to place because of they carried a small financial responsibility for the rent. Landlords were less worried about collecting the tenant portion of the rent. Renters with the LINC 2 voucher must commit thirty percent (30%) of their income towards rent payment, and the program is responsible for the balance. It is important to note that while the program is divided into LINC 1, LINC 2 and LINC 3, this does not affect the rent payouts.

LINC 3

Targeted to families housed in the shelter due to an incident of domestic violence. Income sources for some of these families included, part time employment, SS, child support and disability. We found these tenants easier to place because they carried a small financial responsibility for the rent. Landlords were less worried about collecting the tenant portion of the rent. Renters with the LINC 3 voucher must commit thirty percent (30%) of their income towards rent payment, and the program is responsible for the balance. It is important to note that while the program is divided into LINC 1, LINC 2 and LINC 3, this does not affect the rent payouts.

LINC 4

Targeted to a single person housed in the shelter system, with a need for only a room. Renters with the LINC 4 voucher must commit thirty percent (30%) of their income towards rent payment, and the program is responsible for the balance. The rent is paid directly to the authorized leasee. The program requires a copy of the lease and collaborating bill to leasee to release checks. We should note that the program is not responsible for any rental issues that may arise as a result of renting out a room. For example, if the leasee is cited a violation for renting the room by building management, this is not an issue for the roomer or the program. For the sake of clarity, leasee-refers to the occupant who signed the lease with management or the owner. Roomer refers to the LINC 4 occupant.

LINC 5

Targeted to a single person housed in the shelter system, with a need for only a studio or 1 bedroom within the rent guidelines. Renters with the LINC four voucher must commit thirty percent (30%) of their income towards rent payment, and the program is responsible for the balance.

INCENTIVES

For a limited time landlords who accept LINK renters will receive 3 months advance rent, and the 1st months rent. Additionally, the city will provide a $1000 signing bonus and inclusion in a special fund to compensate landlords for any damages exceeding the security deposit. Traditionally, landlords have complained that often, the cost to renovate an apartment after the tenant moves out exceeds the security deposit of 1 months rent. Landlords can now claim up to an additional $3000 in damages, if said damages, exceeds the security deposit and tenant refuses to compensate the landlord. Incentive initiatives are not guaranteed and should be verified daily.

BENEFITS

    • Inspection scheduled in 7 days or less
    • Checks cut in 5 days or less after passed inspection
    • 4 months rent & $1000 bonus
    • Tenant made before tenant moves in
    • Assigned caseworker throughout entire process

HOW TO BEGIN

If you are a landlord with an apartment to rent to LINC or any program, please contact us immediately at 914-299-0420.

 

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Comments ( 469 )

  • Sancia Senior

    I’m looking for a one bedroom Apartment in Brooklyn,Queens or the Bronx I have a Linc 5 Voucher for $1213 my Cell number is 516-717-7514 please I am desperate

  • Tommie Boose

    I’m looking for a one bedroom apartment or a studio, I have a Linc voucher.

  • I have voucher Seps i need urgent a apartment 1 rooms please help me is for security.

  • Jessica Serrano

    I have the Linc 3 voucher and city feps for $1,268. My son of five years old and I finally need a place we can call home. If anyone has any information on landlords excepting this program, please send me an email. God bless.

  • Hi my name is Rhonda Fleming I have linc 4 and a room but need to movie cause of medical problems need a 1br or Studio

  • Jasmine

    I have a linc 2 voucher worth $1550 and am looking for a 2 bedroom apartment.

  • Davione meade

    I need a appartment. Or studio. immediately I have my. Links 5.

  • Akeem

    I have a voucher for $1213 I’m looking for a one bedroom anywhere within the 5 boroughs

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