As a former realtor and New York City area resident, all of you who have vouchers (SEPS, LINC, Section 8, etc.):
1.Realtors will lie to you and claim they can help you when they won't. Realtors work on commission and are more interested in buying and selling real estate for people that have lots of money OR finding a rental for tenants without vouchers because they can pay a lot more. Realtors need a good commission to earn some money and vouchers don't pay enough.
2. Landlords can legally discriminate against people with vouchers. You need to learn that yes, vouchers is a form of income and must be accepted to pay rent. BUT...the dollar amount for vouchers is much less than what landlords charge for rent - so...landlords want tenants who can pay the full rent. Therefore, since your voucher amount is not enough for the full rent, landlords use this to discriminate against people with vouchers.
If any of you have enough cash every month to pay the difference between the voucher and the regular rent that the landlord wants, you're in business. Any landlord will be happy to accept you. However, if you don't have the extra cash to pay the difference, sorry but you need to live in the New York City projects. Get your name on the waiting list and get an apartment in the housing projects.