Arrests Don’t Deter Advocates Calling on Gov. Cuomo to Back Measure to Combat Homelessness

A chorus of chants echoed through the state Capitol building over back-to-back days this week as activists called on Gov. Cuomo to take action on a measure to combat homelessness.

The clanging of cuffs closing over wrists accompanied the cries late Tuesday as a dozen protesters were arrested for refusing to leave a chamber outside the governor’s office at closing time. Members of VOCAL-NY and other grassroots groups held the so-called “24-hour vigil” Tuesday and Wednesday to encourage Cuomo to include funding for the Home Stability Support program, which would create a new rent supplement to keep people in their homes, in this year’s budget.

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