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Do I qualify for FEPS?

You must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Receive Public Assistance.
  • Have at least one child under 18 years old living with you (or 18 and still in high school or vocational school).
  • Tenant of record with at least a one year lease, or live in rent-regulated apartment.
  • Have been sued by your landlord for non-payment of rent.
  • Owe back rent ($7,000 maximum, higher if special circumstances such as disabled household member).
  • Rent is higher than Public Assistance rent allowance (Example: your rent is $800 per month, and you receive a rent allowance of $400 per month).
  • Meet rent limits (See below).
FEPS Rent Limits
family size PA Shelter Allowance FEP Supplement Maximum Rent**
1 $277 $373 $800
2 $283 $467 $900
3 $400 $450 $1050
4 $450 $450 $1100
5 $501 $499 $1,250
6 $524 $526 $1,350
7 $546 $554 $1,400
8 $546 $654 $1,500
**The household's shelter expense can exceed the FEPS maximum for family size by up to $100, which will be taken out of the Food and Other portion of the grant.

Look Out
  • People living in public housing or receiving Section 8 vouchers do not qualify for FEPS because they do not face ongoing excess rent. They pay 30% of their income on rent.

Rent Limits updated 11/20/2012