House Our Future NY Campaign Statement in Response to Mayor de Blasio’s State of the City Address

Homelessness Crisis Still at Record Levels, with More Than 23,000 Children and All-Time Record 17,000 Single Adults Sleeping in Shelters Each Night

NEW YORK, NY – The following statement is in response to Mayor de Blasio State of the City address today, where he failed to mention the city’s record-breaking homelessness crisis.

STATEMENT FROM HOUSE OUR FUTURE NY:

“At a time of record homelessness, with more than 23,000 children sleeping in shelters each night, the Mayor’s State of the City, where he expressed his vision to make New York the fairest big city in America, contained nothing at all for homeless New Yorkers, while his supposedly ‘unprecedented’ housing program will actually set aside a smaller share of homes for homeless New Yorkers than the plans advanced by his predecessors.

Mass homelessness has reached crisis levels, but Mayor de Blasio’s response – now 6 years into his Mayoralty — has not matched the urgency of the need to reduce homelessness in New York City.  As countless advocates and elected leaders have urged, the Mayor must increase the total number of housing units for homeless families and individuals created by his housing plan to 30,000 – 10 percent of his overall 300,000-unit plan – including 24,000 to be created through new construction.  To be crystal clear: Failing to make this critical adjustment to the housing plan will mean that New York City will spend billions to build new housing, only to see homelessness continue to rise simultaneously and unsustainably.  Mayor de Blasio has a chance to do something truly historic by boldly acting to solve homelessness in New York City through these immediate adjustments to his housing plan.”

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House Our Future NY is an advocacy campaign formed by the Coalition for the Homeless and 61 partner organizations, as well as homeless men, women, and children and other caring New Yorkers. We are asking Mayor de Blasio for 30,000 new units of affordable, permanent housing for homeless New Yorkers by 2026, with 24,000 of these units to be created through new construction.

Endorsing Organizations (Lead groups in bold):

The Ali Forney Center
Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health
Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, Inc.
Barrier Free Living
Broadway Housing Communities
Bronx Health & Housing Consortium
Care for the Homeless
CitiLeaf Housing
Citizens’ Committee for Children
Coalition for Homeless Youth
Coalition for the Homeless
College and Community Fellowship
The Collegiate Churches of New York
Community Access
Community Service Society
Comunilife
Covenant House New York
Emergency Shelter Network
Encore Community Services
Gateway Housing
GEMS
Harm Reduction Coalition
Henry Street Settlement
Homeless Services United
Hope’s Door
Housing Conservation Coordinators
Housing Works
Human.nyc
Hunger Action Network of NYS
Hunger Free America
Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing
Kingdom Faith Developers
Lab/Shul
The Legal Aid Society
Mekong NYC
Midtown South Community Council
Mutual Housing Association of NY (MHANY)
My Dog is My Home
National Working Positive Coalition
Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter
Neighbors Together
New Destiny Housing
New York Communities for Change
New York Society for Ethical Culture
New York State Council of Churches
Partnership for the Homeless
Picture the Homeless
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Safe Horizon
Services for the UnderServed
Sisters of Charity of New York
Society for the Advancement of Judaism
St Ann’s Church of Morrisania
Strong Families Deliverance Ministries Inc.
Tenants & Neighbors
Tenants Political Action Committee
University Settlement and The Door
Urban Justice Center
Urban Pathways
VOCAL NY
WE ACT For Environmental Justice
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