With a growing homeless crisis in the city, New York State is sitting on roughly $2 billion in housing funds that have yet to be released. Zack Fink filed the following report.
For state lawmakers representing the city of New York, any funds the state can provide for supportive housing could at least help start to alleviate the homeless problem.
A Queens assemblyman’s plan to crack down on the city homeless crisis has won the backing of the City Council’s Progressive Caucus.
The caucus is supporting a plan by Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Queens) called the Home Stability Support program that is intended to reduce reliance on homeless shelters by creating a new statewide rent subsidy to keep people in their homes.
With nearly 63,000 people – including more than 24,000 children – sleeping in New York City shelters tonight and thousands more enduring homelessness statewide, it is time for bold action to address the crisis. Home Stability Support (HSS) is an innovative proposal by State Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi (D – Forest Hills) that would establish a statewide rent subsidy for public assistance families and individuals facing eviction, homelessness or loss of housing due to domestic violence or hazardous conditions. The plan would not only save thousands of New Yorkers from enduring the trauma of homelessness but would save tax dollars by reducing reliance on costly emergency shelters.
The proposal already has secured endorsements from City, State and Federal elected officials on both sides of the aisle, but we still need the support of the Governor to take the next steps towards making Home Stability Support a reality.
Add your name to our petition, and tell Governor Cuomo that HSS is the socially and financially responsible solution to combatting New York’s homelessness crisis.