For Immediate Release: May 8, 2014
Contact: Dan Levitan, Dan@Berlinrosen.com, 646 200-5315
Following today's release of Mayor de Blasio's Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2015, the Coalition for the Homeless issued the following statement from President and CEO Mary Brosnahan:
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"Mayor de Blasio promised a new approach to combating the city’s homelessness epidemic and his Executive Budget represents an important first step. Today’s announcement marks a return to common sense solutions and assures that New York City will no longer be the only major city in the nation without affordable housing programs to move homeless families out of emergency shelters.
"This budget wisely moves away from expensive, low-quality cluster-site shelters and invests those savings into a new rental subsidy program; uses NYCHA vacancies and Section 8 subsidies to stabilize homeless families in permanently affordable homes; expands and streamlines critical homelessness prevention programs; and protects New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS as well as runaway and homeless youth. The Mayor also announced today that families with vulnerable children are being removed swiftly from the most notorious and decrepit shelters.
"Together with the Mayor’s 10-year housing plan, these are important measures that must be scaled to fully address the unprecedented magnitude of NYC’s homeless crisis.