Housing for People Who Are Homeless with Mental Illness or Other Special Needs

The first New York/New York agreement (NY/NY I) was signed between former Mayor Dinkins and former Governor Cuomo on August 22, 1990.  Between 1990 and 1993, it provided housing and services to 5,225 homeless persons with mental illness. Five hundred additional units were added to NY/NY I in 1993.

In 1999, a second agreement (NY/NY II) was signed; adding 2,320 units of housing; these units have been developed by New York City and New York State under the terms of this agreement, and were rolled out through 2004.

In 2005, a third agreement (NY/NY III) was signed, adding 9,000 units of housing; 7,500 of these units will be for single adults, and 1,500 units will be for families.  These units will be developed by New York City and New York State under the terms of this agreement, and will be rolled out through 2016.

Applicants for all NY/NY I and II housing must be Seriously and Persistently Mentally Ill (SPMI), AND homeless.

Applicants for NY/NY III housing must currently be chronically homeless, at risk of homelessness, and have a mental illness, substance disorder or other special need. This housing may be transitional or lease-based, for individuals or families, with single or shared units.

NY/NY III creates housing and services for:

  • Adults with Substance Abuse Disorder
  • Adults with HIV/AIDS
  • Adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI)
  • Young Adults (18-24) aging out of foster care and residential treatment
  • Chronically homeless families / families at risk of chronic homelessness that have a disabled head of household with
    • substance abuse disorder
    • HIV/AIDS
    • SPMI
    • Chemically Addicted Mentally Ill(CAMI) and/or
    • a disabling non-SPMI clinical condition

Eligibility | Models | How to Apply

Eligibility/Criteria

1) NY/NY I and II

  1. Applicants  must be Seriously and Persistently Mentally Ill (SPMI);

SPMI is defined by the New York State Office of Mental Health as follows:

  • The person has a primary mental health diagnosis
  • The individual is at least 18 years of age
  • The person must meet one of the following criteria to be considered SPMI:
    1. SSI or SSDI Enrollment due to Mental Illness
    2. Extended Impairment in Functioning due to Mental Illness
    3. Reliance on Psychiatric Treatment, Rehabilitation, and Supports
    4. GAF score must be less than 50

For complete New York State Office of Mental Health criteria for SPMI, click here.

  1. Applicants must be currently street or shelter homeless

Individuals must meet one of the following four homeless criteria:

  • S/he has used the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) Municipal Shelter system continuously for at least four months. If they are hospitalized/incarcerated and awaiting placement, they must have used the shelter system immediately prior to being arrested or hospitalized. OR
  • S/he has used the DHS Municipal Shelter system for 14 of the past 60 days, not necessarily continuously. The individual may be hospitalized or incarcerated and awaiting placement. OR
  • S/he has used a drop-in center, voluntary shelter, or Partnership for the Homeless shelter for 14 of the past 60 days, not necessarily continuously. A letter from the facility indicating dates of attendance can speed up approval. The individual may be hospitalized or incarcerated and awaiting placement. OR
  • S/he does not meet any of the above criteria, but is
    1. known to be homeless and
    2. resides on the streets, in the parks, on subways, or other public areas, or
    3. is a shelter system user who does not meet the criteria listed above. The individual may also have been undomiciled prior to hospitalization or incarceration and is awaiting placement

2) NY/NY III

NEW YORK/NEW YORK III UNIT BREAKDOWN BY CATEGORY

NYNY III
Category

Population
Description

Allocated Units

Congregate
Scatter Site
Total
A
Chronically homeless single adults who suffer from a serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) or who are diagnosed as mentally ill & chemically addicted (MICA)
3200
750
3950
B

Single adults who are presently living in a NYS operated psychiatric centers or state-operated transitional residences & who could live independently in the community if provided with supportive housing & who would be at risk of street or sheltered homelessness if discharged without supportive housing

500
500
1000
C

Young Adults, ages 18-24, who have a serious mental illness being treated in NYS licensed residential treatment facilities, state psychiatric facilities or leaving or have recently left foster care and who could live independently in the community if provided with supportive housing and who would be at risk of street or sheltered homelessness if discharged without supportive housing

200
0
200
D

Chronically homeless families, or families at serious risk of becoming chronically homeless, in which the head of the household suffers from a serious and persistent mental illness or a mentally ill & chemically addicted (MICA) disorder

400
0
400
E
Chronically homeless single adults who have a substance abuse disorder that is a primary barrier to independent living and who also have a disabling clinical condition*
250
500
750
F

Homeless single adults who have completed a course of treatment for a substance abuse disorder and are at risk of street homelessness or sheltered homelessness and who need transitional supportive housing to sustain sobriety and achieve independent living*

250
500
750
G

Chronically homeless families, or families at serious risk of becoming chronically homeless, in which the head of household suffers from a substance abuse disorder, a disabling medical condition or HIV/AIDS*

750
0
750
H

Chronically homeless single adults who are persons living with HIV/AIDS (who are clients of HASA or who have symptomatic HIV who are receiving cash assistance from the government) and who suffer from a co-occurring serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI), a substance abuse disorder, or a mentally ill & chemically addicted (MICA) disorder*

600
400
1000
I

Young adults (aged 25 years or younger) leaving or having recently left foster care or who had been in foster care for more than a year after their 16th  birthday and who are at risk of street homelessness or sheltered homelessness

100
100
200
TOTAL
6250
2750
9000

* Up to 100 units in each of these categories will be targeted to young adults (18 – 25 years)

Models

1) NY/NY I and II

Community Care: 
These models are designed for adults who have independent living skills.  They are permanent housing and have less on-site supervision and support

  1. Supported Single Room Occupancy Residence (Supported SRO)
  2. Supported Housing

Level I:
These models are designed for adults who are not able to live independently. They are categorized as long term care, with on-site supervision

  1. Family Home for Adults (Adult Foster Care)

Level II:
These models are designed for adults who need assistance with enhancing independent living skills.  There is a high level of support and supervision

  1. Congregate Treatment (Supervised CR)
  2. Congregate Treatment (MICA Community Residence)
  3. Apartment Treatment Program
  4. Congregate Support (Community Residence/Single Room Occupancy – CR/SRO)
  5. Adult Home or Private Proprietary Home for Adults (PPHA)
  6. Residence for Adults (RFAs)

    • Click to review the complete housing model options.
    • For Mental Health housing programs and vacancy information by borough, check the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) bi-weekly vacancy update.

How to Apply

  • In order to apply for any NY/NY I, II or III housing, the HRA 2010e housing application must be submitted electronically by a service provider.
  • In order to submit an application electronically, service providers must be trained by Human Resources Administration’s (HRA) Customized Assistance Services and receive a Username and Password.
  • Call Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) at (212) 801-3333 and ask for a housing consultant for information about the HRA 2010e housing application and referral process.  Or refer to How to Access NY/NY Housing.
 
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