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.

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

April 30, 2014 -- Testimony from the Coalition for the Homeless in support of the creation of a municipal photo-identification card. Download testimony here.

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

February 4, 2014 -- Testimony from the Coalition for the Homeless regarding Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget proposal for the 2013-2014 State budget. Download testimony here.

Other submitted documents: Map of All CFH Clients 2012

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.

October 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.  Download the testimony here.  Downlod attachments to the testimony here.

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 City Council's proposed bills requiring better preparation for future emergency events.

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. Download testimony here.

New York City Department of Homeless Services: Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to 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. Download testimony here.

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

February 26,2013 -- Testimony from Coalition for the Homeless and the Legal Aid Society on the need for permanent, affordable housing for low-income families displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Download testimony here.

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. Download testimony here.

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. Download testimony here.

Other submitted documents: Budget Checklist, Map of CFH Clients 2012, NYC Homeless Shelter Population, Advantage Data, NY Daily News article, MMNY - Support for Managed Long-Term Care Ombuds Program, Social Work Talking Points, Social Work Exemption Bill and Social Work Article VII Bill Language

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. Download testimony here

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. Download testimony here.

Other submitted documents: Map of CFTH Clients 2011, Homeless Count by NY County, Basic Facts, Record Homelessness: Impact on Children, Forty-one Thousand: As Mayor Bloomberg's Failed Policies Exacerbate Crisis, NYC Homeless Shelter Population Tops 41,000 People Per Night for First Time Ever

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. Download testimony here and FY 2010 Homeless Deaths Report here.

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. Download testimony here.

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 adults. Read the testimony here. Download testimony here.

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. Download testimony and attachments here.

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. Download testimony here. Download attachments to testimony here.

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. Download testimony here. Download attachments here.

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.  Download testimony here. Download attachments here.

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

Januaray 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.  Download testimony here

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.  Download testimony here.  Download attachments to the testimony here.

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. Download testimony here.

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

June 1, 2010 -- Coalition testimony in support of proposed changes to the housing referral guidelines for homeless single adults. Download testimony here.

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.  Download testimony here.

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. Download testimony here.

New York City Council, General Welfare Committee:  Hearing on City Referrals of Homeless People to Illegal Boarding Houses

May 5, 2009 -- Coalition testimony in support of legislation that will prohibit the City from referring homeless individuals to illegal boarding houses.  Download testimony here.

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 plannned relocation of New York City's sole homeless men's intake center from Manhattan to Brooklyn.  Download testimony here.

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.  Download testimony here.

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.  Download testimony here.

New York City Council, General Welfare Committee:  Hearing on Halting Discrimmination 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.  Download testimony here.

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 discrimminatory policies denying shelter to homeless domestic partner families.  Download testimony here

New York City Council, General Welfare Committee: 

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

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.  Download testimony here