Tell city leaders to end 90-day rule and get families with children out of shelter faster
New York City’s arbitrary rules are keeping homeless families in shelter for months longer than necessary. Tell Mayor Adams, DSS Commissioner Jenkins, and Chief Housing Officer Jessica Katz to immediately abolish the “90 Day Rule” for housing vouchers and give homeless New Yorkers the resources they need.
The problem: Right now, New York City has an illogical policy that makes homeless families wait in shelter for 90 days before they are qualified to apply for CityFHEPS rental assistance vouchers. We all know how hard it is to find an apartment these days, and this absurd rule only delays the process for several months.
The impact: As a result of the “90 Day Rule,” families stay in shelter for longer. In FY 2021, families spent an average of 17 months in shelter. Studies have shown that children living in shelter have worse educational outcomes and higher rates of absenteeism. But the city still refuses to take action to reform this misguided rule and alleviate their hardship.
The solution: CityFHEPS vouchers are among the best tools to help homeless families move out of shelter. We must abolish the “90 day rule” so that families can access these rental assistance vouchers promptly and achieve permanent housing stability.
Take action: Please take a few minutes and send a letter to Mayor Adams, Commissioner Jenkins, and Chief Housing Officer Jessica Katz urging them to abolish the “90 Day Rule” for housing vouchers and help our homeless neighbors move out of shelter and into their own apartments!