Testimony

Coalition for the Homeless routinely provides testimony on a range of homeless policy issues at public hearings before the New York State Legislature and the New York City Council.

Testimony of Coalition for the Homeless and The Legal Aid Society on Oversight: An Examination of the Department of Homeless Services 90-Day Review

April 21, 2016 — Testimony of the Coalition for the Homeless and The Legal Aid Society on oversight of the Department of Homeless Services 90-day review, presented to the The New York City Council Committee on General Welfare.

Testimony of Coalition for the Homeless on the SFY 2016-17 Executive Budget Proposals for Homeless Services in New York State

February 9, 2016 — Testimony of the Coalition for the Homeless on the SFY 2016-17 Executive Budget proposals for homeless services in New York State, presented before the NYS Senate Finance and NYS Assembly Ways and Means Committees.

Testimony of Coalition for the Homeless and The Legal Aid Society on Oversight: DOE’s Support for Students Who are Homeless or in Temporary Housing

February 4, 2016 — Testimony of the Coalition for the Homeless and The Legal Aid Society on oversight of DOE’s support for students who are homeless or in temporary housing, presented to the New York City Council Committee on Education and the Committee on General Welfare.

Testimony of Coalition for the Homeless and The Legal Aid Society on Oversight: Homelessness in NYC

December 9, 2015 — Testimony of the Coalition for the Homeless and The Legal Aid Society on oversight of homelessness in New York City, presented to the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare.

Testimony of Coalition for the Homeless on Challenges to the Effective and Efficient Delivery of Social Services in New York City

April 16, 2015 — The status quo is unsustainable, and while some important incremental improvements have been made by the City and State in recent months, including new rental assistance programs, better HRA outreach to prevent evictions, and more placements of homeless families in public housing, these efforts fall short of what is needed to turn the tide.

Testimony of Coalition for the Homeless on the SFY 2015-16 Executive Budget proposals for Homeless Services in New York State

February 6, 2015 — Testimony of the Coalition for the Homeless on the SFY 2015-16 Executive Budget proposals for Homeless Services in New York State.

Homelessness and the Implementation of the Living in Communities (LINC) Rental Assistance Programs

January 21, 2015 — Testimony of Coalition for the Homeless and The Legal Aid Society on Homelessness and the Implementation of the Living in Communities (LINC) Rental Assistance Programs.

Homeless Services in New York State, Assembly Standing Committees on Social Services and Oversight, Analysis and Investigation

December 9, 2014 — Testimony of the Coalition for the Homeless on the current homelessness crisis in New York City and recommended solutions.

Preventive Services Testimony 2014

Dec 1, 2014 — Testimony of Coalition for the Homeless on the 2014-2015 Executive Budget.

New York City Council, General Welfare Committee: Hearing on Coordination of Services for Victims of Domestic Violence and Int. 0361-2014

October 20, 2014 — The Coalition for the Homeless and The Legal Aid Society welcome this opportunity to testify before the New York City Council in support of Int. 0361-2014, legislation that would require the New York City Department of Homeless Services to grant a presumption of eligibility for applicants to the shelter system who are exiting domestic violence shelters administered by the New York City Human Resources Administration or runaway and homeless youth shelters administered by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.

The New York City Council, Committee on Immigration: Legislation to Create Municipal ID Cards in New York City

Testimony from the Coalition for the Homeless in support of the creation of a municipal photo-identification card.

New York State Legislature, Joint Fiscal Committees: The 2014-2015 Executive Budget

Feb 4, 2014 — Testimony from the Coalition for the Homeless regarding Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal for the 2013-2014 State budget.

Map of All CFH Clients 2012

Submitted with New York State Legislature, Joint Fiscal Committees: The 2014-2015 Executive Budget.

New York City Council, Committee on General Welfare: The City of New York’s Use of Apartments as Temporary Shelter through the Scatter-Site/Cluster-Site Shelter Program

Oct 10, 2013 — Testimony from Coalition for the Homeless and the Legal Aid Society on the Bloomberg administration’s misguided use of apartment buildings as temporary shelter.

Attachments to Testimony on Scatter-Site/Cluster-Site Shelter Program

October 13, 2013 — Submitted with New York City Council, Committee on General Welfare: The City of New York’s Use of Apartments as Temporary Shelter through the Scatter-Site/Cluster-Site Shelter Program.

New York City Council, Committee on Public Safety: The City of New York’s Plan for the Provision of Shelter and Other Vital Services During Emergency Conditions

June 20, 2013 — Testimony from Coalition for the Homeless and the Legal Aid Society on the proposed end of short-term housing assistance for Sandy evacuees and the need for permanent, affordable housing resources.

New York City Council, Committee on General Welfare: The End of the City Hotel Program and Permanent Housing Solutions for Sandy Evacuees

April 26, 2013 — Testimony from Coalition for the Homeless and the Legal Aid Society on the proposed end of short-term housing assistance for Sandy evacuees and the need for permanent, affordable housing resources.

New York City Department of Homeless Services: Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to the Title 31 of the Rules of the City of New York

March 18, 2013 — Coalition testimony in support of proposed changes to the housing referral guidelines for homeless single adults.

New York City Council, Committee on Housing and Buildings: Housing Needs for People Displaced By Hurricane Sandy

February 26, 2013 — Coalition testimony in support of proposed changes to the housing referral guidelines for homeless single adults.

New York City Council, Committees on General Welfare; Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, and Drug Abuse; Aging; Health; and Oversight and Investigations: Emergency Planning and Management During and After Hurricane Sandy

February 5, 2013 — Testimony from the Coalition for the Homeless and the Legal Aid Society about the provision of shelter for Sandy evacuees and the need for better conditions and long-term affordable housing assistance.

New York State Legislature, Joint Fiscal Committees: The 2013-2014 Executive Budget

February 5, 2013 — Testimony from the Coalition for the Homeless regarding Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal for the 2013-2014 State budget.

Attachments to Testimony on 2013-2014 Executive Budget

February 5, 2013 — Submitted with New York State Legislature, Joint Fiscal Committees: The 2013-2014 Executive Budget.

Advantage Data

January 29, 2013 — Data depicting the return to shelter of Advantage recipients presented in the testimony on the 2013-2014 New York State budget. View charts.

Support for Managed Long Term Care Ombuds Program Appropriation for 2013‐2014

January 29, 2013 — Presented with the testimony on the 2013-2014 New York State budget. Medicaid Matters New York (MMNY) wishes to thank Governor Cuomo for providing the funds needed to support the establishment of the managed long-term care ombuds program.

City Wasting Hurricane Sandy FEMA Cash on Roach-Infested Hotels and Single Room Occupancies

January 27, 2013 — As of Friday, 800 Sandy households were still living in 50 hotels and SROs in the city. The Mayor’s Office of Recovery has refused to release the complete list, but a spot-check investigation by The News found five that were full of safety and health issues. Presented with the testimony on the 2013-2014 New York State budget.

New York City Council, Committee on General Welfare: Record Family Homelessness and the Need for Targeted Housing Assistance

September 25, 2012 — Testimony from the Coalition for the Homeless and Legal Aid Society about the record and rising numbers of homeless children and families in New York City, and the need for targeted housing assistance.

New York City Report and Advisory Board Review Commission: Department of Homeless Services Reporting Requirements

May 11, 2012 — Testimony from the Coalition for the Homeless recommending that current DHS reports not be waived, but strengthened.

New York Assembly, Committee on Social Services: Homelessness and Ways to Address it in New York State

January 25, 2012 — Testimony from the Coalition for the Homeless about the current state of homelessness in New York and effective ways to alleviate it.

Attachments to Testimony on Homelessness and Ways to Address it in New York State

Submitted with New York Assembly, Committee on Social Services: Homelessness and Ways to Address it in New York State.

New York City Council, Committee on Health and Committee on General Welfare: Reporting on Deaths of Homeless New Yorkers

January 24, 2012 — Testimony from the Coalition for the Homeless and Legal Aid Society supporting the proposed legislation to make permanent the requirement that the City track and report the deaths of homeless New Yorkers.

New York City Council, Committee on General Welfare and Committee on Community Development: Coordination Between CEO, DHS, HRA, and ACS on Poverty Reduction Measures

December 12, 2011 — Testimony from the Coalition for the Homeless on increasing poverty and homelessness trends and the City’s lack of affordable housing policy.

New York City Council, Committee on General Welfare: Proposed Shelter Eligibility Rules for Homeless Single Adults

November 9, 2011 — Testimony from the Coalition for the Homeless and Legal Aid Society about the dangers of DHS’s proposed new eligibility procedure for single adult.

New York City Council, Committee on General Welfare, Committee on Education and Committee on Youth Services: Coordination Between DHS, DOE and DYCD to Ensure Homeless Children and Youth Are Properly Educated

October 18, 2011 — Testimony from the Coalition for the Homeless and Legal Aid Society about homelessness in New York City and the impact it has on children and their education.

New York City Council, Committee on Housing and Buildings and Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services: The City’s Response to Illegal Use and Illegal Conversion of Buildings

June 7, 2011 — Testimony from Coalition for the Homeless about the Department of Homeless Services’ use of illegal boarding houses

Attachment to Testimony on The City’s Response to Illegal Use and Illegal Conversion of Buildings

June 7, 2011 — Submitted with New York City Council, Committee on Housing and Buildings and Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services: The City’s Response to Illegal Use and Illegal Conversion of Buildings.

New York State Legislature, Joint Fiscal Committees: The 2011-2012 Executive Budget Proposal for Health

March 3, 2011 — Testimony from Coalition for the Homeless which provides recommendations pertaining to the 2011-2012 Executive Budget proposal.

Attachments to Testimony on The 2011-2012 Executive Budget Proposal for Health

March 3, 2011 — Submitted with New York State Legislature, Joint Fiscal Committees: The 2011-2012 Executive Budget Proposal for Health.

New York State Legislature, Joint Fiscal Committees: The 2011-2012 Executive Budget Proposal for Human Services

February 16, 2011 — Testimony from Coalition for the Homeless about Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal for the 2011-2012 State budget.

Attachment to Testimony on The 2011-2012 Executive Budget Proposal for Human Services

Submitted with New York State Legislature, Joint Fiscal Committees: The 2011-2012 Executive Budget Proposal for Human Services.

New York State Assembly, Housing Committee: Rent Regulation and Homelessness in New York

January 21, 2011 — Testimony from Coalition for the Homeless about the need to renew and strengthen New York’s rent laws in order to stem the tide of rising homelessness.

New York City Council, General Welfare Committee: How the City of New York Reports Data about Homelessness and Rental Assistance Programs, and the City’s Controversial Evaluation Study of the Homebase Program

December 9, 2010 — Testimony from Coalition for the Homeless and the Legal Aid Society about legislation to address the City’s failure to report accurate and complete data about the NYC homeless shelter population and rental assistance programs, and about the controversial Homebase study.

Attachments to Testimony on How the City of New York Reports Data about Homelessness and Rental Assistance Programs, and the City’s Controversial Evaluation Study of the Homebase Program

December 9, 2010 — Submitted with New York City Council, General Welfare Committee: How the City of New York Reports Data about Homelessness and Rental Assistance Programs, and the City’s Controversial Evaluation Study of the Homebase Program.

New York City Council, General Welfare and Public Housing Committees: Joint Hearing on How DHS and NYCHA Coordinate in Determining Eligibility for Shelter

October 26, 2010 — Testimony from the Legal Aid Society, Coalition for the Homeless, and Legal Services NYC about the NYC Department of Homeless Services’ wrongful denial of shelter to homeless families in cases where the City alleges that other housing is available in public housing or Section 8 apartments.

New York City Council, General Welfare Committee: Hearing on Advantage NY and Charging Rent for Shelter

April 15, 2010 — Coalition testimony in opposition to changes to the Advantage program and charging homeless families rent for shelter.

New York State Senate, Committees on Social Services and Housing: Hearing on Solutions and Alternatives for New York’s Section 8 Problems

April 15, 2010 — Coalition testimony on the problems facing the Section 8 voucher program.

New York State Assembly, Committee on Social Services: Hearing on City’s Plan to Move Homeless Men’s Intake Center to Brooklyn

September 19, 2008 — Coalition testimony in opposition to the City of New York’s planned relocation of New York City’s sole homeless men’s intake center from Manhattan to Brooklyn.

New York City Council, General Welfare Committee: Hearing on Shelter Access for Homeless Families and Children

October 24, 2007 — Coalition testimony on the City of New York’s flawed eligibility review process for homeless families and children. Eligibility review process for homeless families and children.

New York City Council, General Welfare Committee: Hearing on Rent Subsidies for Homeless Families

May 7, 2007 — Coalition testimony on the flaws of the Work Advantage Program and other City rent subsidy programs for homeless families.

New York City Council, General Welfare Committee: Hearing on Halting Discrimination against Tenants Based on Lawful Source of Income

April 11, 2007 — Coalition testimony in support of legislation that will prohibit discrimination against tenants and prospective tenants based on their lawful source of income, including housing subsidies and public benefits.

New York City Council, General Welfare Committee: Hearing on the “Domestic Partnership Equality Act”

March 1, 2007 — Coalition testimony in support of Domestic Partnership Equality Act in order to halt the City of New York’s discriminatory policies denying shelter to homeless domestic partner families.

New York City Council, General Welfare Committee

June 14, 2006 — Coalition testimony in support of legislation to halt the City of New York’s discriminatory policies denying shelter to homeless domestic partner families, including same-sex couples.

New York City Council, General Welfare Committee: Hearing on the “Housing Stability Plus” Program

April 27, 2006 — Coalition testimony about the flaws of the “Housing Stability Plus” subsidy program for homeless families.