(DNAINFO) Rosa Goldensohn | November 9, 2015 — Approximately 80 percent of the vouchers the city has granted to homeless New Yorkers under a rent subsidy program aren’t being used, according to the Department of Homeless Services.
Since the program began last year, 15,921 LINC vouchers were granted to families and individuals living in homeless shelters to help them pay rent in private apartments.
But only 3,220 vouchers have actually been used to exit a shelter — about 20 percent of the number certified for the program.
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration started the Living in Communities, or LINC, voucher program in September 2014 to move families out of shelters and into stable housing, according to the Department of Homeless Services’ website. There are six types of LINC vouchers, including one for families with adults working full-time and another for seniors and the disabled.