Tompkins Community Action - Rental Assistance

From agency: Tompkins Community Action (TCA)
Resource Details
Alternate Name TCAction, Housing Services
Description Update 7/21/2022- TCA reports that their CARES act rental assistance funding is exhausted as well as STEHP.  The STEHP program and funding will resume 10/1/2022

July 2022 Update- Individuals interested in applying for Section 8/HCVP or to check the waiting list can contact program assistant Jessica Diamond 607-273-8816 x 132.

Nicole Davis also reports that funds for STEHP are nearly exhausted and the next funding cycle will begin on 10/1/2022.

Operates several additional housing programs.
  • Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) (formerly Section 8):  rental subsidies to income-eligible individuals and households. Participants generally pay between 30-40% of monthly adjusted income towards housing cost; balance paid directly to the landlord. Housing units are inspected for health and safety before rental assistance begins and at least once per year after.  Applicants are ranked based on their application date and time. Current estimated wait list time is 24 to 36 months. Proof of residency documents are needed at time of application.
  • Solutions to end homelessness:

    Grant-funded program administered through the Tompkins County Department of Social Services. Assists those at risk of homelessness in securing/maintaining housing that otherwise might be unaffordable.

    Tompkins Community Action provides short term rental assistance to individuals and families who are:
  • at risk of homelessness
  • able to increase household income
  • at 30% of area median income AND
  • facing a court ordered eviction
  • Section 8 participants are not eligible for this program.
Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program (TBRA) is  rental assistance with the goal to support people experiencing homelessness identify and maintain permanent stable housing. The program assists people who are sleeping outside, have been in the emergency shelter system for longer than 30 days, or experiencing chronic homelessness. TBRA provides a security deposit, ongoing rental assistance based on household monthly income, and supportive services for up to 24 months.  TCAction uses the Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry System (not individual program waiting lists) to fill vacancies for this program
Coverage Area NY - Tompkins County;

Defined coverage areas:
New York - Tompkins County
Physical Address 701 Spencer Rd
Ithaca NY
14850 United States
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Hours of operation:
Mon: 9am 4:30 pm
Tue: 9am 4:30 pm
Wed: 9am 4:30 pm
Thu: 9am 4:30 pm
Fri: 9am 4:30 pm
Eligibility Federal eligibility (poverty) guidelines
Program Fees none
Volunteer Duties See website
Programs at this agency Tompkins Community Action - Primary School Family Support Program
Tompkins Community Action - Family Services Department
Tompkins Community Action - Energy Services Department
Tompkins Community Action - Food Pantry
Tompkins Community Action - Supportive Housing
Tompkins Community Action, Inc.

Contact Information
Mailing Address 701 Spencer Rd
Ithaca NY
14850 United States
Fax Number 607-256-1082
Main 607-273-8816
Main Email Address
Director or Senior Administrator Name Nicole Davis
Director or Senior Administrator Title Housing Enrollment Manager
Director or Senior Administrator Phone 607-273-8816 ext. 170
Director or Senior Administrator Email Address


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