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.
“People don’t want to deal with a LINC V voucher because they feel that it’s unreliable,” said one resident, who preferred her name not be used. She said she has tried between 20 and 30 landlords, to no avail.
“It’s discouraging when you go out there and you look for apartments and nobody wants to deal with the LINC V voucher.”