Information for TenantsJessie G., a 21-year-old disabled participant, became the head of his household after his father left the home, leaving Jessie and his 18-year-old high school age brother on their own. Their mother had left the family over a year ago. Unbeknownst to Jessie, his father had not paid his portion of rent, gas, or electric for the past six months. The landlord went to court and won an order to evict Jessie and his brother. The two brothers were to become homeless. Given the circumstances, his CDCLI housing specialist talked continually with the landlord to try to resolve the issue even after the eviction was completed. As the sheriff was about to arrive, CDCLI was able to have the landlord commit to a stay of eviction. CDCLI is now working with the brothers to get services in place that are desperately needed. They surely would have been homeless if CDCLI did not intervene on their behalf.
What help can CDCLI provide? Who is eligible?CDCLI offers 3,945 vouchers that it administers on behalf of the New York State Homes & Community Renewal (HCR). Vouchers are available to income-eligible applicants who are chosen for the waiting list during designated application periods. In addition, CDCLI administers 416 vouchers for homeless veterans on behalf of HCR.
CDCLI offers 111 vouchers that it administers on behalf of the Town of Smithtown. Vouchers are available to income-eligible applicants who are chosen for the waiting list during designated application periods.
CDCLI offers 275 vouchers that it administers under the Mainstream program for Persons with Disabilities on behalf of two Long Island not-for-profit organizations: Options for Community Living and Mercy Haven, as well as CDCLI's Mainstream for Persons with Disabilities Program. Vouchers are available to income-eligible disabled applicants who are chosen for the waiting list during designated application periods.
In the fall of 2014, Concern for Independent Living opened the doors of a 60 unit apartment complex in Amityville, NY. This project provides permanent, supportive housing for homeless veterans and homeless veteran families. CDCLI currently administers 20 project based units in the complex and up to another 18 subsidized units will be added.
CDCLI also works in partnership with two tax credit senior complexes, Woodcrest Estates in Port Jefferson Station and Brookview Commons in Deer Park. In addition to leasing up HCV tenants in their units, these complexes have 60 project based units, where the subsidy is tied to the unit rather than to the family. At these complexes, we also provide resident services coordination, offering assistance to the seniors in applications for Federal and State assistance programs and other general needs faced by the population. We also work in partnership with Conifer Village (15 project based units) and Accabonac Apartments (25 project based units) to recertify project-based tenants. Each complex maintains its own wait list for residency.
For more information, please see our Housing Choice Voucher Program - Guidebook for Participants.