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About House Our Future NY

New York City is in the midst of the worst homelessness crisis since the Great Depression, with nearly 62,000 people – including more 22,000 children – sleeping in shelters each night. In order to match the unprecedented need, the City must employ every available affordable housing resource. Mayor de Blasio must align his historic Housing New York plan with the reality of record homelessness by immediately increasing the total number of housing units created for homeless households to 30,000 – 10 percent of his overall 300,000-unit plan.

House Our Future NY is an advocacy campaign formed by the Coalition for the Homeless and 68 partner organizations (and counting!), 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.

Please sign our petition to Mayor de Blasio. Organizations can join the campaign here.

Download the report: “Moment of Truth: Bringing Production of Affordable Housing for Homeless Households in de Blasio’s Housing Plan to Scale.”

Follow @HouseOurFuture on Twitter for the latest developments.

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News

House Our Future New York Statement In Response to the City Council Introduction of Updated Homeless Housing Bill

Thursday, December 12, 2019 By House Our Future NY, Press Release

The following statement from the House Our Future NY steering committee is in response to the City Council introducing an updated Intro. 1211, which would require developers who receive City financial assistance for housing development projects to set aside at least 15 percent of created apartments for homeless individuals and families....Read more

City Council Speaker Pushing Bill Requiring Developers To Set Aside Housing For Homeless

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 By Elizabeth Kim, Gothamist

"The status quo is not working. We are treading water right now," said Johnson during a press conference on Wednesday at City Hall....Read more

Council Members Renew Push for More Homeless Housing

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 By Shant Shahrigian, New York Daily News

Salamanca seconded calls from a coalition of housing groups for the city to get developers to set aside 30,000 units for homeless New Yorkers, 24,000 of them built brand new....Read more

Council Speaker Backs Homeless Housing Bill

Thursday, October 31, 2019 By Janaki Chadha, Politico New York

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson has come out in support of a bill that would require developers to set aside more housing for the homeless in city-financed affordable housing projects....Read more

De Blasio Open to Council Bill to Set Aside City-subsidized Housing for Homeless

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 By Will Bredderman , Crain's New York

At an unrelated press conference on Thursday, the mayor indicated he intended to pass some version of Bronx Councilman Rafael Salamanca's proposal to set aside 15% of all units in city-subsidized buildings for the indigent. The remarks came one day after City Council Speaker Corey Johnson endorsed the measure, to which a veto-proof majority of council members have signed on....Read more

Questioning Jails Plan, Advocates Seek ‘New Deal’ to Address Homelessness

Sunday, October 20, 2019 By Ethan Geringer-Sameth, Gotham Gazette

“The only solution is housing,” said Felix Guzman, an organizer with VOCAL-NY who identified as formerly homeless and incarcerated. “We must build housing for the people that need it the most in our city.” ...Read more

中國城無家可歸者遇襲 民眾促市長擴增住房

Saturday, October 19, 2019 By New Tang Dynasty, Beijing, New Tang Dynasty Television

集會上,人們呼籲市長能有所作為,包括建造數萬套可負擔住房,同時擴大庇護所,改革庇護所的收容程序。...Read more

Advocates Demand Housing For Homeless As Chinatown Rampage Victim Is Laid To Rest

Friday, October 18, 2019 By CBSNewYork, CBS 2 New York

“The lack of housing and the lack of social services or violence, people think that they are exaggerating. They are, in fact, life and death issues, and there are about four or five families in Chinatown that you can speak to if you don’t believe us,” William said....Read more

Activists Denounce Rikers Plan, Say City Continues To Neglect Homeless

Friday, October 18, 2019 By Rich Lamb, WCBS 880

“Any one of us could be homeless. The housing prices now is insanely high, the cost of living here: untenable,” said Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou....Read more

Advocates Call For End To Homelessness In NYC

Friday, October 18, 2019 By CBS2 Digital, WCBSTV

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and other advocates call on the mayor's office to do more to curb homelessness in the city....Read more

Homeless Advocates Demand More Affordable Housing in New York City

Friday, October 18, 2019 By Allison Kaden, Pix 11 New York

"What we mean by affordable is actually low rent housing," Giselle Routhier of the Coalition For The Homeless said. "And a lot of times what it could mean specifically for a homeless household, maybe if they are working, they may just be paying 30% of their income on rent."...Read more

Tras aprobar el plan de Rikers ahora exigen centrarse en crisis de desamparados

Friday, October 18, 2019 By Edwin Martinez, El Diario NY

Así lo manifestó un grupo que realizó este viernes una demostración en la sede de la Alcaldía, para responsabilizar a Bill de Blasio de este crisis, asegurando que en los casi seis años que lleva en el poder, la Administración local “no tiene todavía planes reales y efectivos para terminar o al menos reducir” el problema del desamparo....Read more

Advocates Demand City Hall Pony Up More Money to End Homelessness

Friday, October 18, 2019 By Michael Gartland, New York Daily News

“Homelessness is the result of the mayor not prioritizing the most vulnerable people in our city.”...Read more

Fed Up With De Blasio, Homeless Advocates Revive Sleep-Out Protest At City Hall Park

Friday, September 27, 2019 By Elizabeth Kim, Gothamist

On a balmy Thursday night, Greenberg, along with about 70 people, convened at City Hall Park for the first sleep out protest since 2012. Activists had suspended sleep-outs under Mayor Bill de Blasio, who promised to alleviate the crisis....Read more

Advocates for Homeless Camp Out at City Hall

Thursday, September 26, 2019 By Jay Dow, Pix11 News

A modest gathering inside City Hall Park Thursday evening aimed at raising awareness to New York City’s ongoing homeless crisis and the desperate need for more affordable housing....Read more

New Yorkers Band Together for City Hall Sleep-Out to Demand Mayor de Blasio Create More Housing for the Homeless

Thursday, September 26, 2019 By Press Release, House Our Future NY

Homeless New Yorkers, faith leaders, and housing advocates joined together today for a rally and overnight vigil at City Hall Park to urge Mayor de Blasio to commit to building 24,000 new affordable apartments, and preserving the affordability of 6,000 more, for homeless New Yorkers by 2026....Read more

Disappointed in De Blasio, Homeless Advocates Host ‘Sleep Out’ at City Hall

Thursday, September 26, 2019 By Tyler Blint-Welsh, The Wall Street Journal

“We felt all together that it was time to do this again, and continue to put pressure on him,” said Giselle Routhier, policy director at the Coalition for the Homeless, a homeless advocacy group in the city....Read more

Affordable Housing: Who Can Really Afford This?

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 By Zainab Iqbal, BKLYNER

Homeless activists and VOCAL-NY walked into a luxury apartment building– which the City has deemed as “affordable housing”– to protest Mayor de Blasio’s “affordable” housing plan on Friday....Read more

‘Better Than Nothing’ Won’t Cut it for Critics of Brooklyn Housing Development

Monday, September 16, 2019 By Sadef Ali Kully, CityLimits.org

"At the end of the day, thousands of apartments are being sold as ‘affordable’ to New Yorkers, but over 61,000 homeless people in our city will never be able to access those units."...Read more

'Affordable' Rentals Requiring $100K Salary Spur Outrage In BK

Friday, September 13, 2019 By Anna Quinn, New York Patch

Friday's rally, which ended when a security guard called police who then asked the protesters to leave, is the latest in a push from advocates to have the mayor build 24,000 new apartments set aside for the homeless and preserve 6,000 more....Read more

Activists Call on de Blasio to Provide More Housing for the Homeless

Friday, August 23, 2019 By Inside City Hall, NY1

As the de Blasio administration looks to devote more resources to fight homelessness in the subway system, Grace Rauh discussed the crisis with two advocates: Nathylin Flowers of the group VOCAL-NY, who confronted Mayor de Blasio during his morning workout at his gym last year, and Giselle Routhier of the Coalition for the Homeless....Read more

A Report From the Coalition for the Homeless Argues That New York City’s Housing Plan Fails to Fix the Homelessness Crisis

Thursday, August 22, 2019 By Kay Dervishi, NYN Media

The report pins the blame for the continued housing problems on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York 2.0 plan....Read more

New York City’s Housing Plan Falls Short on Addressing Homelessness Crisis: Report

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 By Valeria Ricciulli, Curbed New York

During a rally at City Hall, advocates from several organizations including Coalition for the Homeless held signs that compared NYC’s homelessness numbers—in June, around 60,849 homeless people slept in the city’s shelter system each night—to the total populations of several cities in the U.S., including White Plains, New York, which has 58,111 residents....Read more

Homeless Advocates Call on NYC to Build Thousands of Affordable Units

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 By Liam Quigley, amNewYork

A coalition of advocates for the homeless gathered on the steps of City Hall Tuesday to demand Mayor Bill de Blasio commit to building thousands of new apartments to combat homelessness....Read more

She Confronted de Blasio at the YMCA on Homelessness. She’s Still Without a Home Herself.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 By Gloria Pazmino, NY1

In October of 2018, Ms. Flowers had one plea for Mayor Bill de Blasio: Set aside more units of housing for the homeless. But today, she remains without a home, the mayor's plan remains unchanged, and the homeless crisis is showing few signs of improvement....Read more

New Report ‘The Tale of Two Housing Markets’ Shows How Mayor de Blasio’s Housing Plan is Exacerbating Housing Crisis and Failing to Address Mass Homelessness in NYC

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 By Coalition for the Homeless, Press Release

Homeless New Yorkers & Advocates Rally at City Hall for More Housing for the Homeless...Read more

The Tale of Two Housing Markets: How de Blasio’s Plan Fuels Record Homelessness

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 By Giselle Routhier, Coalition for the Homeless

As record homelessness persists on New York City’s streets and in its shelter system, it is critical to ask: Why does the homelessness crisis remain unabated after Mayor de Blasio has had nearly six years to implement his much-touted “progressive” policy blueprint?...Read more

Advocates March to City Hall Calling for Construction of More Housing for Homeless New Yorkers

Monday, May 13, 2019 By Press Release, House Our Future NY

Following State of the Homeless 2019 release, advocates march to urge Mayor de Blasio to build 24,000 new units of affordable housing for homeless New Yorkers...Read more

Advocates Give De Blasio and Cuomo Failing Grades on Addressing Homelessness

Friday, May 3, 2019 By Ashad Hajela & Ben Max, Gotham Gazette

Meanwhile, the main change it wants from de Blasio is an increase in the number of apartments set aside for homeless New Yorkers in his “Housing New York 2.0” plan....Read more

A Look Inside The NYC Homeless Report Card

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 By Dana Tyler, CBS 2 New York

Giselle Routhier of the Coalition for the Homeless talks with CBSN New York's Dana Tyler to offer a deeper look into New York City homelessness report card....Read more

De Blasio and Cuomo Are Failures on Homelessness, Report Says

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 By Michael Gartland, New York Daily News

De Blasio got an F for his inability to create more housing. “The mayor currently has a completely inadequate plan to address homelessness,” Coalition policy director Giselle Routhier said....Read more

State of the Homeless 2019

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 By Giselle Routhier, Coalition for the Homeless

The Coalition for the Homeless' annual report on homelessness in New York City....Read more

Do Better Job Helping Homeless

Sunday, April 28, 2019 By Rev. Peter Cook, The Riverdale Press

While New York City grapples with plummeting temperatures, it can be easy for us to take our everyday blessings for granted and allow our homeless neighbors to fade into the background of day-to-day life....Read more

De Blasio May Require More Homeless Housing

Monday, April 15, 2019 By Janaki Chadha, PoliticoPro

Activists have called on the mayor to set aside more homeless housing in his broader plan to build or preserve 300,000 affordable housing units by 2026....Read more

Activists Interrupt Housing Budget Hearing, Demand More Housing for Homeless

Friday, March 22, 2019 By 1010 Wins, 1010 Wins

Activists from House Our Future NY interrupted Friday's City Hall Housing and Budget hearing to demand the construction of more housing for the homeless. "House the homeless" was continuously yelled by activists during the hearing. ...Read more

Interview: Coalition for the Homeless Policy Director Giselle Routhier

Friday, March 22, 2019 By CBS New York, CBSN New York

Coalition for the Homeless Policy Director Giselle Routhier joined CBSN New York's Dana Tyler about affordable housing planning and new construction which can help alleviate the city's shelter and street crisis....Read more

Protestors Demanding More Homeless Housing Interrupt Council Hearing

Friday, March 22, 2019 By Janaki Chadha, PoliticoPro

“Mayor de Blasio, we have 63,000 New Yorkers living in shelters, shame on you,” one activist with the House Our Future NY campaign shouted during acting Housing Preservation and Development commissioner Eric Enderlin’s testimony. A small group in the Council Chambers’ upper-level seating began chanting, “House the homeless.”...Read more

Homeless Advocates Slam De Blasio, Demand More Housing

Friday, March 22, 2019 By Michael Gartland, New York Daily News

“Mayor de Blasio’s callous disregard for the homeless is truly staggering," [CFH Policy Director Giselle] Routhier said....Read more

Homeless Activists Disrupt City Budget Hearing to Demand Mayor’s ‘Housing New York 2.0’ Plan Include 30K Units for Homeless Households, with 24K Created Through New Construction

Friday, March 22, 2019 By Press Release, House Our Future NY

Led by Nathylin Flowers Adesegun–the homeless 73-year old woman who confronted Mayor de Blasio at the Park Slope YMCA in October–activists dropped a banner reading “Build 24K for homeless NYers” and led a mic-check style speak-out before being escorted out by security....Read more

Councilmembers Call for Construction of More Housing for Homeless New Yorkers

Friday, March 22, 2019 By Press Release, House Our Future NY

Councilmembers and advocates for homeless New Yorkers held a press conference today, ahead of Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee hearing, to call on Mayor de Blasio to create more housing for the homeless in his signature affordable housing plan....Read more

Midsize Projects Should House Homeless: Activists

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 By Alejandra O'Connell-Domenech , The Villager

In the view of the activists, although the city has made progress in terms of homeless services, de Blasio has repeatedly neglected the city’s neediest....Read more

Homeless New Yorkers and Advocates Demand Construction of More Housing for Homeless New Yorkers at Town Hall

Friday, March 8, 2019 By Press Release, House Our Future NY

Groups call on elected officials and Mayor to include 30,000 units for homeless households, with 24,000 to be created through new construction in Housing New York 2.0 plan...Read more

Exigen al gobierno municipal construir más viviendas para desamparados

Thursday, March 7, 2019 By Julio César García, Spectrum Noticias NY1

Pero para más de 63 organizaciones y otros oficiales electos, el plan de de Blasio debería crear soluciones permanentes para los sin hogar, no más albergues....Read more

Faith Leaders Call on Mayor de Blasio to Build More Housing for the Homeless

Friday, March 1, 2019 By Zach Williams, NYN Media

“While we recognize and commend you and your administration for all your efforts to address the crisis, we must call on you to do even more,” reads the letter....Read more

New York City’s Housing Chief to Leave de Blasio Administration

Thursday, January 31, 2019 By Katie Honan, The Wall Street Journal

Some housing advocates have criticized the plan for setting aside too few units—around 5% of the total under the current plan—for homeless New Yorkers. “The number is paltry,” said Giselle Routhier, the policy director at Coalition for the Homeless....Read more

Council Bill to Increase Homeless Housing Has Enough Sponsors to Override Veto

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 By Janaki Chadha, PoliticoPro

The legislation, introduced by Council Member Rafael Salamanca, would require developments receiving city subsidies to set aside 15 percent of housing units for the homeless. Proponents say increased housing supply is needed to address the city’s enduring homelessness crisis, but the de Blasio administration argues the bill would hinder its ability to produce affordable housing....Read more

CityViews: State Must Equip the City to Truly Combat the Homeless Crisis

Monday, January 28, 2019 By Eric Adams, CityLimits.org

Increasing the number of affordable apartments set aside for homeless New Yorkers from 15,000 to 30,000 is necessary and achievable, and would mark an important step at the municipal level to make a dent in homelessness....Read more

As De Blasio Touts Affordable Housing Milestone, Critics Says He's Failing The Poorest New Yorkers

Thursday, January 17, 2019 By Elizabeth Kim, Gothamist

Calling his track record a “travesty,” Routhier urged the mayor to finance 2,500 new units each year for homeless New Yorkers....Read more

City Council, Skeptics Spar Over New Round of Housing Bills

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 By Sadef Ali Kully, CityLimits.org

The advocates from the campaign House Our Future NY have asked the city to increase the total number of housing units for homeless households to 30,000, adding that 24,000 of those units should be new construction. The campaign supports Salamanca’s bill because it helps to meet the campaign’s goals....Read more

Nonprofits and City Lawmakers Rallied in Front of New York City Hall on Monday

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 By Zach Williams, NYNMedia

“It’s clear that we as a City need bold strokes to help our fellow New Yorkers out of homelessness,” said Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr. “New York City has reached a record high population of homeless people sleeping in shelters nightly and this all happened under (Mayor Bill de Blasio’s) watch. His housing plan is clearly not serving some of the neediest New Yorkers, and I hope today’s hearing on my bill brings us one step closer to addressing this crisis.”...Read more

De Blasio Resists Calls for More Homeless Housing as Council Proposal Moves Forward

Monday, January 14, 2019 By Janaki Chadha, PoliticoPro

As Mayor Bill de Blasio continues to defend his housing plan against critics who say it leaves out the city’s most vulnerable populations, the City Council is taking up a bill that would force a dramatic increase in housing built for the homeless....Read more

Council Members and Homeless Advocates Rally Support for More Housing for the Homeless at Council Hearing

Monday, January 14, 2019 By Press Release,

City Council members, Coalition for the Homeless, VOCAL-NY, Urban Pathways and other advocacy groups stood on City Hall steps today to call on the administration to commit to more housing for the homeless. The Committee on Housing and Buildings held an oversight hearing today and heard testimony from the administration and the public on Council Member Salamanca’s bill, Intro 1211 which would require developers who receive any city dollars to set aside at least 15% of the units for the homeless....Read more

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

Thursday, January 10, 2019 By Press Release,

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....Read more

Faith Leaders and Housing Advocates Held Candlelight Vigil to Support Construction of More Housing for Homeless New Yorkers

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 By Press Release, House Our Future NY Campaign

Advocates with the House Our Future NY coalition and homeless New Yorkers joined faith leaders for a candlelight vigil outside of City Hall today to urge Mayor de Blasio to increase the number of apartments set aside for homeless New Yorkers in his Housing New York 2.0 affordable housing plan to 30,000 units, with 24,000 units to be created through new construction....Read more

Protesters Demand Help for Homeless at City Hall

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 By John Chandler, NBCNews

Protesters stormed City Hall Tuesday, demanding more housing amid a continuing homelessness crisis....Read more

Police Are Hands-Off at City Hall Sit-In Protest Demanding Housing for the Homeless

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 By Jillian Jorgensen, New York Daily News

The group of demonstrators first sought to block the entrance to the mayor’s wing of City Hall. When police didn’t arrest them, they tried the front door. When that didn’t work, they split up and blocked all three doors to City Hall’s main entrance....Read more

Housing Activists Sit-In At City Hall, Fact-Check Mayor's Plan

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 By Anna Quinn, Park Slope Patch

In their latest effort to have the Mayor Bill de Blasio change his affordable housing plan, housing advocates held a sit-in outside his office on Tuesday....Read more

Housing Advocates Stage Sit-In at City Hall to Demand Mayor de Blasio Build More Permanent Housing for Homeless New Yorkers

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Press Release

Homeless New Yorkers, elected officials, housing advocates, and supporters joined the Coalition for the Homeless, VOCAL-NY, Housing Works, Neighbors Together, and several other groups today as they staged a sit-in at City Hall to demand Mayor de Blasio dedicate 30,000 units of his affordable housing plan for homeless New Yorkers, including 24,000 units to be created through new construction....Read more

Housing DisConnect: Fact-Checking Mayor de Blasio’s Claims on Affordable Housing and Homelessness

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 By Giselle Routhier, Coalition for the Homeless

This paper addresses claims Mayor de Blasio has made regarding the House Our Future NY Campaign and elaborates on the current state of homelessness, the need for more housing, and the mechanisms for achieving our goals....Read more

Setting the Record Straight: Mayor de Blasio’s Housing Plan Can and Should Do More for the Homeless

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 By Giselle Routhier, Gotham Gazette

The progressive mayor who campaigned to end the “tale of two cities” has responded dismissively, sometimes with anger – and always with a series of excuses that don’t hold up to closer examination. Let’s take a look....Read more

Brooklyn’s Street Homeless Raise Worries, But Officials Warn It’s a Long Haul

Friday, November 16, 2018 By Justin Mitchell, Bklyner

Routhier pointed to a letter signed by members of the city government and about 60 organizations joining the [House Our Future NY] call. “Having those housing resources available in order to offer someone who’s on the streets a real option for getting off the streets is what’s most important,” she said, encouraging concerned residents to support this initiative....Read more

De Blasio Confronted Again by 72-Year-Old Homeless Woman He Rebuffed at the Gym

Friday, November 2, 2018 By Jillian Jorgensen, New York Daily News

While she finally got to ask her question, the homeless senior citizen didn’t get the answer she was hoping for, nor did she get any expression of sympathy for her plight....Read more

Homeless Woman Confronts Mayor Again, This Time on the Air

Friday, November 2, 2018 By Will Bredderman, Crain's New York

On air, she reproached the mayor for opposing a proposal by Bronx Councilman Rafael Salamanca, chairman of the Committee on Land Use, that would obligate developers of city-subsidized buildings to set aside 15% of units for the indigent....Read more

De Blasio Against Council Bill to Increase Affordable Housing for Homeless

Friday, November 2, 2018 By Gloria Pazmino, PoliticoPro

This time, Nathylin Flowers Adesegun, who goes by Flowers, elicited a resounding “no” from the mayor after she asked him to support a City Council proposal that would require developers to set aside 15 percent of units for homeless New Yorkers....Read more

De Blasio Administration Defends Homeless Strategy as City Council and Advocates Demand More Action

Friday, November 2, 2018 By Bill Parry, QNS

After the Salamanca legislation was introduced several dozen homeless advocates rallied on the steps of City Hall including Nathylin Flowers Adesegun, a resident of a Long Island City shelter for the past three years who generated headlines last month when she challenged Mayor Bill de Blasio on the issue as he worked out at his gym....Read more

The House Our Future NY Campaign Responds to Mayor de Blasio’s Remarks on Brian Lehrer this Morning

Friday, November 2, 2018 By Press Release, House Our Future NY Campaign

Not everyone in New York is facing the same affordability crises. Homeless New Yorkers have it worst, and the Mayor’s $2 billion housing plan simply is not meeting their needs....Read more

Bill de Blasio Can’t Shake Homeless Advocate

Friday, November 2, 2018 By Yoav Gonen, New York Post

“When are you going to get with us, do what’s right for homeless New Yorkers by doing the modest thing we’re asking, to set aside — only 10 percent — 30,000 units of housing from your affordable housing plan for homeless New Yorkers.”...Read more

Ask the Mayor: Midterms, Renewal Schools, Homeless Housing

Friday, November 2, 2018 By The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners. Nathylin Flowers Adesegun, who confronted the Mayor at the gym, calls in. Asks him to set aside more resources for housing the homeless....Read more

Council Weighs Mandating Developers to Create Housing for the Homeless

Thursday, November 1, 2018 By Sadef Ali Kully, CityLimits.org

Salamanca was also joined by Councilmembers Stephen Levin, Vanessa Gibson and Jumaane Williams (who is running for public advocate), along with former Council Speaker Christine Quinn —now the CEO of the homeless services organization Women in Need —as well as representatives of the Coalition for the Homeless, Housing Works and other organizations....Read more

Battle Brewing Over Homeless Housing In New York City

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 By Marcia Kramer, CBS 2 New York

“Homelessness in New York City has reached the highest level since the Great Depression in the 1930s,” Salamanca said. “Is this the legacy that you, Mister Mayor, want to leave behind?”...Read more

Council Member Salamanca Stands With Homeless Advocates and Introduces New Bill Demanding More Housing for the Homeless

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 By Press Release,

At today’s City Council Stated Meeting, Council Member Salamanca will introduce a new bill that would require developers who receive city financial assistance for rental housing development projects to set aside no less than 15% of created or preserved dwelling units for homeless individuals and families. ...Read more

More Housing for the Homeless? Council to Weigh a Question the Mayor Ignored at His Gym

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 By Jeff C. Mays, The New York Times

Rafael Salamanca Jr., a councilman from the Bronx, will introduce legislation on Wednesday that will mandate that any rental housing project that receives taxpayer subsidies — such as tax abatements, loans, tax credits or reduced-cost land — has to set aside 15 percent of its created or preserved units for people living in the city’s shelter system....Read more

Advocates For Homeless March On Gracie Mansion

Thursday, October 25, 2018 By Brendan Krisel, Upper East Side Patch

Advocacy groups involved in Wednesday's march agreed that helping 100,000 New Yorkers avoid the shelter system is a positive achievement, but said the administration's plan to address homelessness fails when it comes to creating new housing....Read more

Homeless Advocates Rally Mayor de Blasio for More Housing

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 By Kayla Simas, AM New York

More than 100 New Yorkers marched the streets of the Upper East Side on Wednesday, chanting, “Housing is a human right. Fight! Fight! Fight!”...Read more

Homeless March On Gracie Mansion, Demand Tens Of Thousands Of Affordable Housing Units Be Built

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 By Marcia Kramer, CBS New York

“I am presently homeless and I need the mayor to hear us,” Felix Guzman said. “We are faced with a problem that has divided the whole city between the haves and the have nots.”...Read more

Homeless Protest Hits Mayor’s Mansion in New York City – Here’s What They’re Demanding

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 By Carlos Garcia, The Blaze

“The homeless community is sick and tired of these ridiculous things that the mayor is doing,” said ‘Picture The Homeless’ advocate Deborah Dickerson....Read more

Hundreds March on Gracie Mansion to Demand Mayor de Blasio Build More Permanent Housing for Homeless New Yorkers

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 By Press Release,

Hundreds of homeless New Yorkers, housing advocates and supporters joined the Coalition for the Homeless, VOCAL-NY, Housing Works and dozens of other groups today as they marched on Gracie Mansion to demand Mayor de Blasio dedicate 30,000 units of his affordable housing plan for homeless New Yorkers, including 24,000 units to be created through new construction....Read more

Homeless Advocates are Marching in New York

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 By Zach Williams, NYN Media

Homeless advocates are planning to march on Gracie Mansion today. The House Our Future March will start at the intersection of 86th Street and Second Avenue at 11 a.m., before proceeding to the official residence of Mayor Bill de Blasio....Read more

Hundreds to March to Demand Mayor de Blasio Build More Permanent Housing for Homeless New Yorkers

Monday, October 22, 2018 By Press Advisory,

Homeless individuals and advocates will speak about the extreme urgency of the need outside of the Mayor’s home, where campaign members will also deliver a petition with over 1,000 signatures....Read more

Why I Confronted The Mayor, And What Homeless New Yorkers Should Demand From His Housing Plan

Thursday, October 18, 2018 By Nathylin Flowers Adegunsun, New York Daily News

The video of the YMCA confrontation spread all over the internet. In response, the mayor dug his heels in. He refused to commit more housing for homeless people in his city and he criticized me for trying to talk to him at the gym....Read more

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson Today Called for an Increase in the Number of Subsidized Housing Units Set Aside for Homeless People

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 By Rosa Goldensohn, PoliticoPro

“There’s no way to fully predict this, but I think that if we don’t do this, if we don’t increase the set-aside, we’re likely not going to get out of this shelter population plateau for potentially years.”...Read more

Mayor Still Shunning Homeless Woman After Gym Confrontation

Monday, October 15, 2018 By Kathleen Culliton, Park Slope Patch

"He did not want to talk to me today," said 72-year-old Nathylin Flowers Adesegun. "Here we are, still no mayor."...Read more

Homeless Advocates Get Sitdown With Housing Officials

Monday, October 15, 2018 By Katie Honan, The Wall Street Journal

Mr. de Blasio didn’t attend, but the group met with senior city officials from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Department of Social Services and the mayor’s office. “They did a lot of listening, but they told us they couldn’t commit to anything in the meeting,” she said....Read more

Woman Who Confronted de Blasio at Gym Not Satisfied with Mayoral Aide Meeting

Monday, October 15, 2018 By Rich Calder, NY Post

Mayor Bill de Blasio was a no-show at a City Hall meeting with a homeless woman who confronted him earlier at the Park Slope Y, so she says she’s going to stake him out again, this time at Gracie Mansion....Read more

New York Mayor de Blasio Puts Off Homeless Advocate: 'I'm in the Middle of a Workout'

Sunday, October 7, 2018 By Azure Gilman, ABC News

“We’ve asked the mayor … 'Will you do this? Will you dedicate 10 percent?' And he’s flat out said no,” said Giselle Routhier, policy director for the Coalition for the Homeless told ABC News. “What we’re really trying to highlight here is this goes against this progressive values. He’s failed on this.”...Read more

NYC Mayor Brushes Off Homeless Woman Who Confronted Him About Housing During Workout

Saturday, October 6, 2018 By NBC 4 New York, NBC 4 New York

Bill de Blasio was caught on camera brushing off a homeless woman who confronted him at a Brooklyn gym and interrupted his stretching routine to demand housing reform....Read more

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Dismisses Homeless Activist: I’m ‘Doing My Workout’

Saturday, October 6, 2018 By Hilary Hanson, HuffPost

The incident has garnered coverage from local and national media and led to criticism from advocates....Read more

De Blasio Rebuffs Question on Homelessness: ‘I’m in the Middle of a Workout’

Saturday, October 6, 2018 By Jeffery C. Mays, The New York Times

“Out of 300,000 units in your affordable housing program, only 5 percent will go to the homeless: Can you look me in the eye and tell me why?” Ms. Adesegun asks as Mr. de Blasio tries to cut her off....Read more

Homeless Advocate Confronts Mayor de Blasio During his Workout

Friday, October 5, 2018 By Diana Rocco, Pix11 News

“Can you look me in the eye and tell me why,” the woman asked him. Then a second woman who was recording the encounter shouts, “why can't you commit more housing for homeless New Yorkers Mayor de Blasio? Five percent, five percent isn't adequate. We need more housing for homeless New Yorkers."...Read more

'I'm Doing My Workout,' Mayor Tells Homeless Woman Seeking Help

Friday, October 5, 2018 By Kathleen Culliton, Park Slope Patch

"I'm doing my workout," video shows de Blasio telling the 72-year-old woman before he stands up and walks away. "I can't do this now."...Read more

Today's Read: de Blasio has no Comprehensive Plan to Rehouse the Homeless

Friday, October 5, 2018 By Jacquelyn Simone, Coalition for the Homeless

Paulette Soltani from VOCAL-NY, which is among the 58 House Our Future NY endorsers, wrote about the urgent need for Mayor de Blasio to change course in an op-ed for City Limits....Read more

Homeless Activists Confront Mayor During His Morning Workout

Friday, October 5, 2018 By Pamela Wong, Bklyner

“I shook the Mayor’s hand this morning, and asked why he wouldn’t do more to help homeless New Yorkers like myself,” Adesegun said in a statement following the rally. “I am 72 years old and have been homeless for three years, but he made it clear that his morning workout was more important to him.”...Read more

CityViews: De Blasio Has No Comprehensive Plan to Rehouse the Homeless

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 By Paulette Soltani, CityLimits

But the mayor is not claiming that any of these efforts will rehouse 61,000 people. That would be deceitful. What he’s telling us instead, unabashedly, is that he has no real plan to put people back in homes and that doing so is not his priority....Read more

Ask the Mayor: School Bus Fiasco, District 15, Post Primary Politics

Friday, September 21, 2018 By The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners. Paulette from Brooklyn asks the Mayor to commit 10% of the units in his affordable housing plan to homeless New Yorkers, with 24,000 of those units to be created through new construction....Read more

Single Adults in Homeless Shelters Are on the Rise

Thursday, September 20, 2018 By Brendan Cheney, Politico

The Coalition for the Homeless criticized the fact that the number of [subsidized housing] units for homeless people decreased to 2,318 in fiscal year 2018, down 12 percent from the year before, though it is the second most since 2014....Read more

Cost of Housing Homeless in Shelters Keeps Rising in New York City

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 By Katie Honan, The Wall Street Journal

Giselle Routhier, policy director at Coalition for the Homeless, said the shelter population hasn’t decreased that much because there are so few permanent housing options in the city: "There’s not enough units to meet that need."...Read more

CityViews: De Blasio Can Fulfill his Progressive Promise by Retooling his Housing Plan

Monday, September 17, 2018 By Joel Berg and Giselle Routhier, City Limits

In many of the nation’s big cities, hunger and homelessness remain rampant. But given that de Blasio is enacting so many progressive policies to combat poverty, why are these problems still pervasive here?...Read more

When I Was Homeless: How It Scarred Me, and What the City Must Do to Help More People Lift Themselves Out

Saturday, August 11, 2018 By M.A. Dennis, New York Daily News

What frustrates me even more is that New York is spending billions of dollars on an “affordable housing” plan that will do nothing to alleviate the suffering of homeless men and women....Read more

New York City’s Affordable Housing Push Leaves Out Key Group – Homeless Individuals and Families

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 By Giselle Routhier, NYN Media

De Blasio is settling for half-measures, failing to use the most important tool in his toolbox: actually building homes for homeless people....Read more

Homelessness is a Housing Problem

Sunday, August 5, 2018 By Ben Adler, City & State New York

"The fundamental reason for homelessness is a lack of affordable housing. The mayor’s housing plan doesn’t match the scale of the homelessness problem,” said Shelly Nortz, deputy executive director for policy at Coalition for the Homeless. ...Read more

Ask the Mayor: Rezoning, Public Housing, Marijuana, For-Hire Vehicles

Friday, August 3, 2018 By The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners. Dennis from Staten Island asks the Mayor to commit 10% of the units in his affordable housing plan to homeless New Yorkers, with 24,000 of those units to be created through new construction....Read more

Today’s Listen: How the House Our Future NY Campaign Can Help Address Homelessness

Monday, July 23, 2018 By Jacquelyn Simone, Coalition for the Homeless

Giselle Routhier spoke with Joel Berg and Jeff Simmons on their WBAI radio show City Watch. The interview contextualized how past policy failures and the loss of affordable housing have contributed to record homelessness, and highlighted the urgency underlying the House Our Future NY campaign. ...Read more

One to One: Giselle Routhier

Monday, June 25, 2018 By Sheryl McCarthy, CUNY TV

Why has the homeless population mushroomed, and in a city where property values and rents are so high, and are steadily rising, can the homeless problem ever be solved? Our guest is Giselle Routhier, policy director at the Coalition for the Homeless. She says New York needs to embrace bolder solutions to address this problem....Read more

Advocates Rally for the Homeless

Thursday, June 21, 2018 By Tyvan Burns, Amsterdam News

A week before the Day of Action, on June 7, more than 100 children, including many from New York City homeless shelters, joined the Coalition for the Homeless and other advocates in marching to City Hall, using pictures of homes and Lego houses to “demand that the city dedicate 30,000 units of its Housing New York 2.0 plan to homeless households, including 24,000 units created through new construction.”...Read more

Today’s Read: City Officials Urge Mayor to Increase Housing for Homeless

Thursday, June 21, 2018 By Jacquelyn Simone, Coalition for the Homeless

The House Our Future NY campaign has garnered endorsements from 57 organizations, many of which sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio on April 23rd. Now, a group of 32 Council Members, 4 Borough Presidents, the Public Advocate, and the Comptroller have echoed this request in a new letter asking the Mayor to set aside 10 percent of his housing plan, or 30,000 units of permanent housing, for homeless New Yorkers....Read more

City Officials Urge Mayor to Increase Housing for Homeless

Thursday, June 21, 2018 By Sam Raskin, Politico NY

A slew of New York City elected officials have signed on to a letter urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to step up his commitment to combating homelessness by doubling the amount of units apportioned to the city's homeless population....Read more

With Toy Houses in Hand, Children March and Call on Mayor to Build More Housing for Homeless Kids and Families

Thursday, June 7, 2018 By Press Release, Coalition for the Homeless

More than one hundred children, including dozens from New York City homeless shelters, joined the Coalition for the Homeless and other advocates in marching to City Hall today, using pictures of homes and Lego houses to demand that the City dedicate 30,000 units of its Housing New York 2.0 plan to homeless households, including 24,000 units created through new construction....Read more

The Latest from Human Services Council...NYC Contracts...Coalition for the Homeless

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 By Zach Williams, NYNMedia

The Coalition for the Homeless and more than 40 other groups have sent a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, calling on him to dedicate 30,000 units – some 10 percent – of his housing plan to homeless New Yorkers. ...Read more

Today's Read: Advocates Call for More Homeless Housing Units in de Blasio’s Housing Plan

Thursday, April 26, 2018 By Jacqueline Simone, Coalition for the Homeless

On Monday, the Coalition for the Homeless and a group of 43 organizations sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio calling on him to dedicate 30,000 units of his Housing New York 2.0 plan to homeless New Yorkers, or 10 percent of the total 300,000-unit plan....Read more

Broad Coalition Calls for 30,000 Homes for Homeless New Yorkers as Part of Mayor’s Housing Plan

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 By Press Release, Coalition for the Homeless

In current plan, just 5% of housing units targeted to homeless, as shelter population remains near record highs...Read more

State of the Homeless 2018: Fate of a Generation

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 By Giselle Routhier, Coalition for the Homeless

How the City and State Can Tackle Homelessness by Bringing Housing Investment to Scale ...Read more

Max & Murphy: Top Homeless Advocate on Shelter Numbers, De Blasio’s Agenda, Cuomo’s Record

Monday, March 5, 2018 By Jarrett Murphy, CityLimits.org

Coalition for the Homeless Policy Director Giselle Routhier visited the Max & Murphy podcast for a wide-ranging conversation on the policies needed to effectively combat record homelessness....Read more

Moment of Truth: Bringing Production of Affordable Housing for Homeless Households in de Blasio’s Housing Plan to Scale

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 By Giselle Routhier, Coalition for the Homeless

Voices

Felix

By Felix, Coalition for the Homeless CAG

"I don't want to be a statistic forever. I am homeless but not hopeless."...Read more

Flowers

By Flowers, VOCAL New York

“It’s on you, Bill!”...Read more

Charisma

By Charisma, Urban Pathways

"This [affordable housing] will help me be a stable, productive member of the community"...Read more

Griffin

By Griffin, Coalition for the Homeless CAG

“If housing is a human right, then why are humans being denied housing?”...Read more

Michael

By Michael, Coalition for the Homeless CAG

"Housing is needed for people with seriously low incomes."...Read more

Stephen

By Stephen, Urban Pathways

"[Getting affordable housing] is a blessing not only to me, but to the communities of families that have nothing at all and now have a home to call their own."...Read more

K.J.

By K.J., Coalition for the Homeless CAG

"A permanent home would mean peace of mind and serenity."...Read more

Althea

By Althea, VOCAL New York

“We have a real big crisis that will get worse if we don’t start putting people in permanent homes.”...Read more

Dennis

By Dennis, Coalition for the Homeless CAG

"Permanent housing has given me the mindset, as well as the actual opportunity, to do better and be better."...Read more

Add Your Organization to the Campaign

The Coalition for the Homeless recently launched House Our Future NY to call on Mayor de Blasio to increase the number of permanent affordable housing units set aside for homeless New Yorkers, and we would like to invite your organization to join our campaign.

Currently, only 15,000 units of the Mayor’s 300,000-unit Housing NY 2.0 plan are set aside for homeless families and individuals, despite record homelessness in New York City. We are urging the Mayor to immediately direct his housing development agencies to increase the total number of housing units for homeless households to 30,000, with 24,000 of these units financed and created as new construction. We officially launched this campaign with the release of a policy brief in January 2018, and reiterated the request in our annual State of the Homeless report in March 2018 and in April 2019.

In order to amplify this critical housing goal, we want to include our allies: organizations serving homeless families, single adults, people with disabilities, domestic violence survivors, and runaway and homeless youth. We are soliciting organizational partners to sign on to the campaign and help with organizing grassroots support for our future multi-pronged advocacy efforts including rallies and other public actions.

ADD YOUR ORGANIZATION


Endorsing Organizations: 

The Ali Forney Center
Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health
Bailey House
Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, Inc.
Barrier Free Living
Broadway Housing Communities
Bronx Health & Housing Consortium
Care for the Homeless
The Church of the Village (NYC)
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
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church
Fierce!
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 Lawyers Guild – New York City Chapter
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
Pax Christi Metro New York
Picture the Homeless
Positive Tails
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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69 Endorsers as of October 23, 2019

Read Our April 23, 2018 Letter to Mayor de Blasio

Endorsing Elected Officials: 

Council Member Stephen Levin (Chair, Committee on General Welfare)
Public Advocate and former Council Member Jumaane Williams
Former Public Advocate Letitia James
Comptroller Scott M. Stringer
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz
Council Member Ben Kallos (Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus)
Council Member Keith Powers (Vice Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus)
Council Member Carlos Menchaca (Vice Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus)
Council Member Adrienne Adams
Council Member Alicka Ampry-Samuel
Council Member Diana Ayala
Council Member Inez Barron
Council Member Fernando Cabrera
Council Member Margaret Chin
Council Member Andrew Cohen
Council Member Costa Constantinides
Council Member Robert Cornegy
Council Member Rafael Espinal
Council Member Mathieu Eugene
Council Member Vanessa Gibson
Council Member Barry Grodenchik
Council Member Robert Holden
Council Member Peter Koo
Council Member Brad Lander
Council Member Mark Levine
Council Member I. Daneek Miller
Council Member Francisco Moya
Council Member Bill Perkins
Council Member Antonio Reynoso
Council Member Donovan J. Richards
Council Member Carlina Rivera
Council Member Helen Rosenthal
Council Member Rafael Salamanca
Council Member Ritchie Torres
Council Member Mark Treyger
Council Member James Van Bramer

39 Endorsers as of March 4, 2019

Read Their June 21, 2018 Letter to Mayor de Blasio

 

About

About House Our Future NY

New York City is in the midst of the worst homelessness crisis since the Great Depression, with nearly 62,000 people – including more 22,000 children – sleeping in shelters each night. In order to match the unprecedented need, the City must employ every available affordable housing resource. Mayor de Blasio must align his historic Housing New York plan with the reality of record homelessness by immediately increasing the total number of housing units created for homeless households to 30,000 – 10 percent of his overall 300,000-unit plan.

House Our Future NY is an advocacy campaign formed by the Coalition for the Homeless and 68 partner organizations (and counting!), 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.

Please sign our petition to Mayor de Blasio. Organizations can join the campaign here.

Download the report: “Moment of Truth: Bringing Production of Affordable Housing for Homeless Households in de Blasio’s Housing Plan to Scale.”

Follow @HouseOurFuture on Twitter for the latest developments.

Events

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PAST EVENTS:

Poster for the March to Gracie Mansion on October 24th

Flyer of NY Kids Need Housing March on June 7th

News

News

House Our Future New York Statement In Response to the City Council Introduction of Updated Homeless Housing Bill

Thursday, December 12, 2019 By House Our Future NY, Press Release

The following statement from the House Our Future NY steering committee is in response to the City Council introducing an updated Intro. 1211, which would require developers who receive City financial assistance for housing development projects to set aside at least 15 percent of created apartments for homeless individuals and families....Read more

City Council Speaker Pushing Bill Requiring Developers To Set Aside Housing For Homeless

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 By Elizabeth Kim, Gothamist

"The status quo is not working. We are treading water right now," said Johnson during a press conference on Wednesday at City Hall....Read more

Council Members Renew Push for More Homeless Housing

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 By Shant Shahrigian, New York Daily News

Salamanca seconded calls from a coalition of housing groups for the city to get developers to set aside 30,000 units for homeless New Yorkers, 24,000 of them built brand new....Read more

Council Speaker Backs Homeless Housing Bill

Thursday, October 31, 2019 By Janaki Chadha, Politico New York

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson has come out in support of a bill that would require developers to set aside more housing for the homeless in city-financed affordable housing projects....Read more

De Blasio Open to Council Bill to Set Aside City-subsidized Housing for Homeless

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 By Will Bredderman , Crain's New York

At an unrelated press conference on Thursday, the mayor indicated he intended to pass some version of Bronx Councilman Rafael Salamanca's proposal to set aside 15% of all units in city-subsidized buildings for the indigent. The remarks came one day after City Council Speaker Corey Johnson endorsed the measure, to which a veto-proof majority of council members have signed on....Read more

Questioning Jails Plan, Advocates Seek ‘New Deal’ to Address Homelessness

Sunday, October 20, 2019 By Ethan Geringer-Sameth, Gotham Gazette

“The only solution is housing,” said Felix Guzman, an organizer with VOCAL-NY who identified as formerly homeless and incarcerated. “We must build housing for the people that need it the most in our city.” ...Read more

中國城無家可歸者遇襲 民眾促市長擴增住房

Saturday, October 19, 2019 By New Tang Dynasty, Beijing, New Tang Dynasty Television

集會上,人們呼籲市長能有所作為,包括建造數萬套可負擔住房,同時擴大庇護所,改革庇護所的收容程序。...Read more

Advocates Demand Housing For Homeless As Chinatown Rampage Victim Is Laid To Rest

Friday, October 18, 2019 By CBSNewYork, CBS 2 New York

“The lack of housing and the lack of social services or violence, people think that they are exaggerating. They are, in fact, life and death issues, and there are about four or five families in Chinatown that you can speak to if you don’t believe us,” William said....Read more

Activists Denounce Rikers Plan, Say City Continues To Neglect Homeless

Friday, October 18, 2019 By Rich Lamb, WCBS 880

“Any one of us could be homeless. The housing prices now is insanely high, the cost of living here: untenable,” said Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou....Read more

Advocates Call For End To Homelessness In NYC

Friday, October 18, 2019 By CBS2 Digital, WCBSTV

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and other advocates call on the mayor's office to do more to curb homelessness in the city....Read more

Homeless Advocates Demand More Affordable Housing in New York City

Friday, October 18, 2019 By Allison Kaden, Pix 11 New York

"What we mean by affordable is actually low rent housing," Giselle Routhier of the Coalition For The Homeless said. "And a lot of times what it could mean specifically for a homeless household, maybe if they are working, they may just be paying 30% of their income on rent."...Read more

Tras aprobar el plan de Rikers ahora exigen centrarse en crisis de desamparados

Friday, October 18, 2019 By Edwin Martinez, El Diario NY

Así lo manifestó un grupo que realizó este viernes una demostración en la sede de la Alcaldía, para responsabilizar a Bill de Blasio de este crisis, asegurando que en los casi seis años que lleva en el poder, la Administración local “no tiene todavía planes reales y efectivos para terminar o al menos reducir” el problema del desamparo....Read more

Advocates Demand City Hall Pony Up More Money to End Homelessness

Friday, October 18, 2019 By Michael Gartland, New York Daily News

“Homelessness is the result of the mayor not prioritizing the most vulnerable people in our city.”...Read more

Fed Up With De Blasio, Homeless Advocates Revive Sleep-Out Protest At City Hall Park

Friday, September 27, 2019 By Elizabeth Kim, Gothamist

On a balmy Thursday night, Greenberg, along with about 70 people, convened at City Hall Park for the first sleep out protest since 2012. Activists had suspended sleep-outs under Mayor Bill de Blasio, who promised to alleviate the crisis....Read more

Advocates for Homeless Camp Out at City Hall

Thursday, September 26, 2019 By Jay Dow, Pix11 News

A modest gathering inside City Hall Park Thursday evening aimed at raising awareness to New York City’s ongoing homeless crisis and the desperate need for more affordable housing....Read more

New Yorkers Band Together for City Hall Sleep-Out to Demand Mayor de Blasio Create More Housing for the Homeless

Thursday, September 26, 2019 By Press Release, House Our Future NY

Homeless New Yorkers, faith leaders, and housing advocates joined together today for a rally and overnight vigil at City Hall Park to urge Mayor de Blasio to commit to building 24,000 new affordable apartments, and preserving the affordability of 6,000 more, for homeless New Yorkers by 2026....Read more

Disappointed in De Blasio, Homeless Advocates Host ‘Sleep Out’ at City Hall

Thursday, September 26, 2019 By Tyler Blint-Welsh, The Wall Street Journal

“We felt all together that it was time to do this again, and continue to put pressure on him,” said Giselle Routhier, policy director at the Coalition for the Homeless, a homeless advocacy group in the city....Read more

Affordable Housing: Who Can Really Afford This?

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 By Zainab Iqbal, BKLYNER

Homeless activists and VOCAL-NY walked into a luxury apartment building– which the City has deemed as “affordable housing”– to protest Mayor de Blasio’s “affordable” housing plan on Friday....Read more

‘Better Than Nothing’ Won’t Cut it for Critics of Brooklyn Housing Development

Monday, September 16, 2019 By Sadef Ali Kully, CityLimits.org

"At the end of the day, thousands of apartments are being sold as ‘affordable’ to New Yorkers, but over 61,000 homeless people in our city will never be able to access those units."...Read more

'Affordable' Rentals Requiring $100K Salary Spur Outrage In BK

Friday, September 13, 2019 By Anna Quinn, New York Patch

Friday's rally, which ended when a security guard called police who then asked the protesters to leave, is the latest in a push from advocates to have the mayor build 24,000 new apartments set aside for the homeless and preserve 6,000 more....Read more

Activists Call on de Blasio to Provide More Housing for the Homeless

Friday, August 23, 2019 By Inside City Hall, NY1

As the de Blasio administration looks to devote more resources to fight homelessness in the subway system, Grace Rauh discussed the crisis with two advocates: Nathylin Flowers of the group VOCAL-NY, who confronted Mayor de Blasio during his morning workout at his gym last year, and Giselle Routhier of the Coalition for the Homeless....Read more

A Report From the Coalition for the Homeless Argues That New York City’s Housing Plan Fails to Fix the Homelessness Crisis

Thursday, August 22, 2019 By Kay Dervishi, NYN Media

The report pins the blame for the continued housing problems on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York 2.0 plan....Read more

New York City’s Housing Plan Falls Short on Addressing Homelessness Crisis: Report

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 By Valeria Ricciulli, Curbed New York

During a rally at City Hall, advocates from several organizations including Coalition for the Homeless held signs that compared NYC’s homelessness numbers—in June, around 60,849 homeless people slept in the city’s shelter system each night—to the total populations of several cities in the U.S., including White Plains, New York, which has 58,111 residents....Read more

Homeless Advocates Call on NYC to Build Thousands of Affordable Units

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 By Liam Quigley, amNewYork

A coalition of advocates for the homeless gathered on the steps of City Hall Tuesday to demand Mayor Bill de Blasio commit to building thousands of new apartments to combat homelessness....Read more

She Confronted de Blasio at the YMCA on Homelessness. She’s Still Without a Home Herself.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 By Gloria Pazmino, NY1

In October of 2018, Ms. Flowers had one plea for Mayor Bill de Blasio: Set aside more units of housing for the homeless. But today, she remains without a home, the mayor's plan remains unchanged, and the homeless crisis is showing few signs of improvement....Read more

New Report ‘The Tale of Two Housing Markets’ Shows How Mayor de Blasio’s Housing Plan is Exacerbating Housing Crisis and Failing to Address Mass Homelessness in NYC

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 By Coalition for the Homeless, Press Release

Homeless New Yorkers & Advocates Rally at City Hall for More Housing for the Homeless...Read more

The Tale of Two Housing Markets: How de Blasio’s Plan Fuels Record Homelessness

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 By Giselle Routhier, Coalition for the Homeless

As record homelessness persists on New York City’s streets and in its shelter system, it is critical to ask: Why does the homelessness crisis remain unabated after Mayor de Blasio has had nearly six years to implement his much-touted “progressive” policy blueprint?...Read more

Advocates March to City Hall Calling for Construction of More Housing for Homeless New Yorkers

Monday, May 13, 2019 By Press Release, House Our Future NY

Following State of the Homeless 2019 release, advocates march to urge Mayor de Blasio to build 24,000 new units of affordable housing for homeless New Yorkers...Read more

Advocates Give De Blasio and Cuomo Failing Grades on Addressing Homelessness

Friday, May 3, 2019 By Ashad Hajela & Ben Max, Gotham Gazette

Meanwhile, the main change it wants from de Blasio is an increase in the number of apartments set aside for homeless New Yorkers in his “Housing New York 2.0” plan....Read more

A Look Inside The NYC Homeless Report Card

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 By Dana Tyler, CBS 2 New York

Giselle Routhier of the Coalition for the Homeless talks with CBSN New York's Dana Tyler to offer a deeper look into New York City homelessness report card....Read more

De Blasio and Cuomo Are Failures on Homelessness, Report Says

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 By Michael Gartland, New York Daily News

De Blasio got an F for his inability to create more housing. “The mayor currently has a completely inadequate plan to address homelessness,” Coalition policy director Giselle Routhier said....Read more

State of the Homeless 2019

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 By Giselle Routhier, Coalition for the Homeless

The Coalition for the Homeless' annual report on homelessness in New York City....Read more

Do Better Job Helping Homeless

Sunday, April 28, 2019 By Rev. Peter Cook, The Riverdale Press

While New York City grapples with plummeting temperatures, it can be easy for us to take our everyday blessings for granted and allow our homeless neighbors to fade into the background of day-to-day life....Read more

De Blasio May Require More Homeless Housing

Monday, April 15, 2019 By Janaki Chadha, PoliticoPro

Activists have called on the mayor to set aside more homeless housing in his broader plan to build or preserve 300,000 affordable housing units by 2026....Read more

Activists Interrupt Housing Budget Hearing, Demand More Housing for Homeless

Friday, March 22, 2019 By 1010 Wins, 1010 Wins

Activists from House Our Future NY interrupted Friday's City Hall Housing and Budget hearing to demand the construction of more housing for the homeless. "House the homeless" was continuously yelled by activists during the hearing. ...Read more

Interview: Coalition for the Homeless Policy Director Giselle Routhier

Friday, March 22, 2019 By CBS New York, CBSN New York

Coalition for the Homeless Policy Director Giselle Routhier joined CBSN New York's Dana Tyler about affordable housing planning and new construction which can help alleviate the city's shelter and street crisis....Read more

Protestors Demanding More Homeless Housing Interrupt Council Hearing

Friday, March 22, 2019 By Janaki Chadha, PoliticoPro

“Mayor de Blasio, we have 63,000 New Yorkers living in shelters, shame on you,” one activist with the House Our Future NY campaign shouted during acting Housing Preservation and Development commissioner Eric Enderlin’s testimony. A small group in the Council Chambers’ upper-level seating began chanting, “House the homeless.”...Read more

Homeless Advocates Slam De Blasio, Demand More Housing

Friday, March 22, 2019 By Michael Gartland, New York Daily News

“Mayor de Blasio’s callous disregard for the homeless is truly staggering," [CFH Policy Director Giselle] Routhier said....Read more

Homeless Activists Disrupt City Budget Hearing to Demand Mayor’s ‘Housing New York 2.0’ Plan Include 30K Units for Homeless Households, with 24K Created Through New Construction

Friday, March 22, 2019 By Press Release, House Our Future NY

Led by Nathylin Flowers Adesegun–the homeless 73-year old woman who confronted Mayor de Blasio at the Park Slope YMCA in October–activists dropped a banner reading “Build 24K for homeless NYers” and led a mic-check style speak-out before being escorted out by security....Read more

Councilmembers Call for Construction of More Housing for Homeless New Yorkers

Friday, March 22, 2019 By Press Release, House Our Future NY

Councilmembers and advocates for homeless New Yorkers held a press conference today, ahead of Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee hearing, to call on Mayor de Blasio to create more housing for the homeless in his signature affordable housing plan....Read more

Midsize Projects Should House Homeless: Activists

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 By Alejandra O'Connell-Domenech , The Villager

In the view of the activists, although the city has made progress in terms of homeless services, de Blasio has repeatedly neglected the city’s neediest....Read more

Homeless New Yorkers and Advocates Demand Construction of More Housing for Homeless New Yorkers at Town Hall

Friday, March 8, 2019 By Press Release, House Our Future NY

Groups call on elected officials and Mayor to include 30,000 units for homeless households, with 24,000 to be created through new construction in Housing New York 2.0 plan...Read more

Exigen al gobierno municipal construir más viviendas para desamparados

Thursday, March 7, 2019 By Julio César García, Spectrum Noticias NY1

Pero para más de 63 organizaciones y otros oficiales electos, el plan de de Blasio debería crear soluciones permanentes para los sin hogar, no más albergues....Read more

Faith Leaders Call on Mayor de Blasio to Build More Housing for the Homeless

Friday, March 1, 2019 By Zach Williams, NYN Media

“While we recognize and commend you and your administration for all your efforts to address the crisis, we must call on you to do even more,” reads the letter....Read more

New York City’s Housing Chief to Leave de Blasio Administration

Thursday, January 31, 2019 By Katie Honan, The Wall Street Journal

Some housing advocates have criticized the plan for setting aside too few units—around 5% of the total under the current plan—for homeless New Yorkers. “The number is paltry,” said Giselle Routhier, the policy director at Coalition for the Homeless....Read more

Council Bill to Increase Homeless Housing Has Enough Sponsors to Override Veto

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 By Janaki Chadha, PoliticoPro

The legislation, introduced by Council Member Rafael Salamanca, would require developments receiving city subsidies to set aside 15 percent of housing units for the homeless. Proponents say increased housing supply is needed to address the city’s enduring homelessness crisis, but the de Blasio administration argues the bill would hinder its ability to produce affordable housing....Read more

CityViews: State Must Equip the City to Truly Combat the Homeless Crisis

Monday, January 28, 2019 By Eric Adams, CityLimits.org

Increasing the number of affordable apartments set aside for homeless New Yorkers from 15,000 to 30,000 is necessary and achievable, and would mark an important step at the municipal level to make a dent in homelessness....Read more

As De Blasio Touts Affordable Housing Milestone, Critics Says He's Failing The Poorest New Yorkers

Thursday, January 17, 2019 By Elizabeth Kim, Gothamist

Calling his track record a “travesty,” Routhier urged the mayor to finance 2,500 new units each year for homeless New Yorkers....Read more

City Council, Skeptics Spar Over New Round of Housing Bills

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 By Sadef Ali Kully, CityLimits.org

The advocates from the campaign House Our Future NY have asked the city to increase the total number of housing units for homeless households to 30,000, adding that 24,000 of those units should be new construction. The campaign supports Salamanca’s bill because it helps to meet the campaign’s goals....Read more

Nonprofits and City Lawmakers Rallied in Front of New York City Hall on Monday

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 By Zach Williams, NYNMedia

“It’s clear that we as a City need bold strokes to help our fellow New Yorkers out of homelessness,” said Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr. “New York City has reached a record high population of homeless people sleeping in shelters nightly and this all happened under (Mayor Bill de Blasio’s) watch. His housing plan is clearly not serving some of the neediest New Yorkers, and I hope today’s hearing on my bill brings us one step closer to addressing this crisis.”...Read more

De Blasio Resists Calls for More Homeless Housing as Council Proposal Moves Forward

Monday, January 14, 2019 By Janaki Chadha, PoliticoPro

As Mayor Bill de Blasio continues to defend his housing plan against critics who say it leaves out the city’s most vulnerable populations, the City Council is taking up a bill that would force a dramatic increase in housing built for the homeless....Read more

Council Members and Homeless Advocates Rally Support for More Housing for the Homeless at Council Hearing

Monday, January 14, 2019 By Press Release,

City Council members, Coalition for the Homeless, VOCAL-NY, Urban Pathways and other advocacy groups stood on City Hall steps today to call on the administration to commit to more housing for the homeless. The Committee on Housing and Buildings held an oversight hearing today and heard testimony from the administration and the public on Council Member Salamanca’s bill, Intro 1211 which would require developers who receive any city dollars to set aside at least 15% of the units for the homeless....Read more

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

Thursday, January 10, 2019 By Press Release,

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....Read more

Faith Leaders and Housing Advocates Held Candlelight Vigil to Support Construction of More Housing for Homeless New Yorkers

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 By Press Release, House Our Future NY Campaign

Advocates with the House Our Future NY coalition and homeless New Yorkers joined faith leaders for a candlelight vigil outside of City Hall today to urge Mayor de Blasio to increase the number of apartments set aside for homeless New Yorkers in his Housing New York 2.0 affordable housing plan to 30,000 units, with 24,000 units to be created through new construction....Read more

Protesters Demand Help for Homeless at City Hall

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 By John Chandler, NBCNews

Protesters stormed City Hall Tuesday, demanding more housing amid a continuing homelessness crisis....Read more

Police Are Hands-Off at City Hall Sit-In Protest Demanding Housing for the Homeless

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 By Jillian Jorgensen, New York Daily News

The group of demonstrators first sought to block the entrance to the mayor’s wing of City Hall. When police didn’t arrest them, they tried the front door. When that didn’t work, they split up and blocked all three doors to City Hall’s main entrance....Read more

Housing Activists Sit-In At City Hall, Fact-Check Mayor's Plan

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 By Anna Quinn, Park Slope Patch

In their latest effort to have the Mayor Bill de Blasio change his affordable housing plan, housing advocates held a sit-in outside his office on Tuesday....Read more

Housing Advocates Stage Sit-In at City Hall to Demand Mayor de Blasio Build More Permanent Housing for Homeless New Yorkers

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Press Release

Homeless New Yorkers, elected officials, housing advocates, and supporters joined the Coalition for the Homeless, VOCAL-NY, Housing Works, Neighbors Together, and several other groups today as they staged a sit-in at City Hall to demand Mayor de Blasio dedicate 30,000 units of his affordable housing plan for homeless New Yorkers, including 24,000 units to be created through new construction....Read more

Housing DisConnect: Fact-Checking Mayor de Blasio’s Claims on Affordable Housing and Homelessness

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 By Giselle Routhier, Coalition for the Homeless

This paper addresses claims Mayor de Blasio has made regarding the House Our Future NY Campaign and elaborates on the current state of homelessness, the need for more housing, and the mechanisms for achieving our goals....Read more

Setting the Record Straight: Mayor de Blasio’s Housing Plan Can and Should Do More for the Homeless

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 By Giselle Routhier, Gotham Gazette

The progressive mayor who campaigned to end the “tale of two cities” has responded dismissively, sometimes with anger – and always with a series of excuses that don’t hold up to closer examination. Let’s take a look....Read more

Brooklyn’s Street Homeless Raise Worries, But Officials Warn It’s a Long Haul

Friday, November 16, 2018 By Justin Mitchell, Bklyner

Routhier pointed to a letter signed by members of the city government and about 60 organizations joining the [House Our Future NY] call. “Having those housing resources available in order to offer someone who’s on the streets a real option for getting off the streets is what’s most important,” she said, encouraging concerned residents to support this initiative....Read more

De Blasio Confronted Again by 72-Year-Old Homeless Woman He Rebuffed at the Gym

Friday, November 2, 2018 By Jillian Jorgensen, New York Daily News

While she finally got to ask her question, the homeless senior citizen didn’t get the answer she was hoping for, nor did she get any expression of sympathy for her plight....Read more

Homeless Woman Confronts Mayor Again, This Time on the Air

Friday, November 2, 2018 By Will Bredderman, Crain's New York

On air, she reproached the mayor for opposing a proposal by Bronx Councilman Rafael Salamanca, chairman of the Committee on Land Use, that would obligate developers of city-subsidized buildings to set aside 15% of units for the indigent....Read more

De Blasio Against Council Bill to Increase Affordable Housing for Homeless

Friday, November 2, 2018 By Gloria Pazmino, PoliticoPro

This time, Nathylin Flowers Adesegun, who goes by Flowers, elicited a resounding “no” from the mayor after she asked him to support a City Council proposal that would require developers to set aside 15 percent of units for homeless New Yorkers....Read more

De Blasio Administration Defends Homeless Strategy as City Council and Advocates Demand More Action

Friday, November 2, 2018 By Bill Parry, QNS

After the Salamanca legislation was introduced several dozen homeless advocates rallied on the steps of City Hall including Nathylin Flowers Adesegun, a resident of a Long Island City shelter for the past three years who generated headlines last month when she challenged Mayor Bill de Blasio on the issue as he worked out at his gym....Read more

The House Our Future NY Campaign Responds to Mayor de Blasio’s Remarks on Brian Lehrer this Morning

Friday, November 2, 2018 By Press Release, House Our Future NY Campaign

Not everyone in New York is facing the same affordability crises. Homeless New Yorkers have it worst, and the Mayor’s $2 billion housing plan simply is not meeting their needs....Read more

Bill de Blasio Can’t Shake Homeless Advocate

Friday, November 2, 2018 By Yoav Gonen, New York Post

“When are you going to get with us, do what’s right for homeless New Yorkers by doing the modest thing we’re asking, to set aside — only 10 percent — 30,000 units of housing from your affordable housing plan for homeless New Yorkers.”...Read more

Ask the Mayor: Midterms, Renewal Schools, Homeless Housing

Friday, November 2, 2018 By The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners. Nathylin Flowers Adesegun, who confronted the Mayor at the gym, calls in. Asks him to set aside more resources for housing the homeless....Read more

Council Weighs Mandating Developers to Create Housing for the Homeless

Thursday, November 1, 2018 By Sadef Ali Kully, CityLimits.org

Salamanca was also joined by Councilmembers Stephen Levin, Vanessa Gibson and Jumaane Williams (who is running for public advocate), along with former Council Speaker Christine Quinn —now the CEO of the homeless services organization Women in Need —as well as representatives of the Coalition for the Homeless, Housing Works and other organizations....Read more

Battle Brewing Over Homeless Housing In New York City

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 By Marcia Kramer, CBS 2 New York

“Homelessness in New York City has reached the highest level since the Great Depression in the 1930s,” Salamanca said. “Is this the legacy that you, Mister Mayor, want to leave behind?”...Read more

Council Member Salamanca Stands With Homeless Advocates and Introduces New Bill Demanding More Housing for the Homeless

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 By Press Release,

At today’s City Council Stated Meeting, Council Member Salamanca will introduce a new bill that would require developers who receive city financial assistance for rental housing development projects to set aside no less than 15% of created or preserved dwelling units for homeless individuals and families. ...Read more

More Housing for the Homeless? Council to Weigh a Question the Mayor Ignored at His Gym

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 By Jeff C. Mays, The New York Times

Rafael Salamanca Jr., a councilman from the Bronx, will introduce legislation on Wednesday that will mandate that any rental housing project that receives taxpayer subsidies — such as tax abatements, loans, tax credits or reduced-cost land — has to set aside 15 percent of its created or preserved units for people living in the city’s shelter system....Read more

Advocates For Homeless March On Gracie Mansion

Thursday, October 25, 2018 By Brendan Krisel, Upper East Side Patch

Advocacy groups involved in Wednesday's march agreed that helping 100,000 New Yorkers avoid the shelter system is a positive achievement, but said the administration's plan to address homelessness fails when it comes to creating new housing....Read more

Homeless Advocates Rally Mayor de Blasio for More Housing

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 By Kayla Simas, AM New York

More than 100 New Yorkers marched the streets of the Upper East Side on Wednesday, chanting, “Housing is a human right. Fight! Fight! Fight!”...Read more

Homeless March On Gracie Mansion, Demand Tens Of Thousands Of Affordable Housing Units Be Built

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 By Marcia Kramer, CBS New York

“I am presently homeless and I need the mayor to hear us,” Felix Guzman said. “We are faced with a problem that has divided the whole city between the haves and the have nots.”...Read more

Homeless Protest Hits Mayor’s Mansion in New York City – Here’s What They’re Demanding

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 By Carlos Garcia, The Blaze

“The homeless community is sick and tired of these ridiculous things that the mayor is doing,” said ‘Picture The Homeless’ advocate Deborah Dickerson....Read more

Hundreds March on Gracie Mansion to Demand Mayor de Blasio Build More Permanent Housing for Homeless New Yorkers

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 By Press Release,

Hundreds of homeless New Yorkers, housing advocates and supporters joined the Coalition for the Homeless, VOCAL-NY, Housing Works and dozens of other groups today as they marched on Gracie Mansion to demand Mayor de Blasio dedicate 30,000 units of his affordable housing plan for homeless New Yorkers, including 24,000 units to be created through new construction....Read more

Homeless Advocates are Marching in New York

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 By Zach Williams, NYN Media

Homeless advocates are planning to march on Gracie Mansion today. The House Our Future March will start at the intersection of 86th Street and Second Avenue at 11 a.m., before proceeding to the official residence of Mayor Bill de Blasio....Read more

Hundreds to March to Demand Mayor de Blasio Build More Permanent Housing for Homeless New Yorkers

Monday, October 22, 2018 By Press Advisory,

Homeless individuals and advocates will speak about the extreme urgency of the need outside of the Mayor’s home, where campaign members will also deliver a petition with over 1,000 signatures....Read more

Why I Confronted The Mayor, And What Homeless New Yorkers Should Demand From His Housing Plan

Thursday, October 18, 2018 By Nathylin Flowers Adegunsun, New York Daily News

The video of the YMCA confrontation spread all over the internet. In response, the mayor dug his heels in. He refused to commit more housing for homeless people in his city and he criticized me for trying to talk to him at the gym....Read more

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson Today Called for an Increase in the Number of Subsidized Housing Units Set Aside for Homeless People

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 By Rosa Goldensohn, PoliticoPro

“There’s no way to fully predict this, but I think that if we don’t do this, if we don’t increase the set-aside, we’re likely not going to get out of this shelter population plateau for potentially years.”...Read more

Mayor Still Shunning Homeless Woman After Gym Confrontation

Monday, October 15, 2018 By Kathleen Culliton, Park Slope Patch

"He did not want to talk to me today," said 72-year-old Nathylin Flowers Adesegun. "Here we are, still no mayor."...Read more

Homeless Advocates Get Sitdown With Housing Officials

Monday, October 15, 2018 By Katie Honan, The Wall Street Journal

Mr. de Blasio didn’t attend, but the group met with senior city officials from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Department of Social Services and the mayor’s office. “They did a lot of listening, but they told us they couldn’t commit to anything in the meeting,” she said....Read more

Woman Who Confronted de Blasio at Gym Not Satisfied with Mayoral Aide Meeting

Monday, October 15, 2018 By Rich Calder, NY Post

Mayor Bill de Blasio was a no-show at a City Hall meeting with a homeless woman who confronted him earlier at the Park Slope Y, so she says she’s going to stake him out again, this time at Gracie Mansion....Read more

New York Mayor de Blasio Puts Off Homeless Advocate: 'I'm in the Middle of a Workout'

Sunday, October 7, 2018 By Azure Gilman, ABC News

“We’ve asked the mayor … 'Will you do this? Will you dedicate 10 percent?' And he’s flat out said no,” said Giselle Routhier, policy director for the Coalition for the Homeless told ABC News. “What we’re really trying to highlight here is this goes against this progressive values. He’s failed on this.”...Read more

NYC Mayor Brushes Off Homeless Woman Who Confronted Him About Housing During Workout

Saturday, October 6, 2018 By NBC 4 New York, NBC 4 New York

Bill de Blasio was caught on camera brushing off a homeless woman who confronted him at a Brooklyn gym and interrupted his stretching routine to demand housing reform....Read more

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Dismisses Homeless Activist: I’m ‘Doing My Workout’

Saturday, October 6, 2018 By Hilary Hanson, HuffPost

The incident has garnered coverage from local and national media and led to criticism from advocates....Read more

De Blasio Rebuffs Question on Homelessness: ‘I’m in the Middle of a Workout’

Saturday, October 6, 2018 By Jeffery C. Mays, The New York Times

“Out of 300,000 units in your affordable housing program, only 5 percent will go to the homeless: Can you look me in the eye and tell me why?” Ms. Adesegun asks as Mr. de Blasio tries to cut her off....Read more

Homeless Advocate Confronts Mayor de Blasio During his Workout

Friday, October 5, 2018 By Diana Rocco, Pix11 News

“Can you look me in the eye and tell me why,” the woman asked him. Then a second woman who was recording the encounter shouts, “why can't you commit more housing for homeless New Yorkers Mayor de Blasio? Five percent, five percent isn't adequate. We need more housing for homeless New Yorkers."...Read more

'I'm Doing My Workout,' Mayor Tells Homeless Woman Seeking Help

Friday, October 5, 2018 By Kathleen Culliton, Park Slope Patch

"I'm doing my workout," video shows de Blasio telling the 72-year-old woman before he stands up and walks away. "I can't do this now."...Read more

Today's Read: de Blasio has no Comprehensive Plan to Rehouse the Homeless

Friday, October 5, 2018 By Jacquelyn Simone, Coalition for the Homeless

Paulette Soltani from VOCAL-NY, which is among the 58 House Our Future NY endorsers, wrote about the urgent need for Mayor de Blasio to change course in an op-ed for City Limits....Read more

Homeless Activists Confront Mayor During His Morning Workout

Friday, October 5, 2018 By Pamela Wong, Bklyner

“I shook the Mayor’s hand this morning, and asked why he wouldn’t do more to help homeless New Yorkers like myself,” Adesegun said in a statement following the rally. “I am 72 years old and have been homeless for three years, but he made it clear that his morning workout was more important to him.”...Read more

CityViews: De Blasio Has No Comprehensive Plan to Rehouse the Homeless

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 By Paulette Soltani, CityLimits

But the mayor is not claiming that any of these efforts will rehouse 61,000 people. That would be deceitful. What he’s telling us instead, unabashedly, is that he has no real plan to put people back in homes and that doing so is not his priority....Read more

Ask the Mayor: School Bus Fiasco, District 15, Post Primary Politics

Friday, September 21, 2018 By The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners. Paulette from Brooklyn asks the Mayor to commit 10% of the units in his affordable housing plan to homeless New Yorkers, with 24,000 of those units to be created through new construction....Read more

Single Adults in Homeless Shelters Are on the Rise

Thursday, September 20, 2018 By Brendan Cheney, Politico

The Coalition for the Homeless criticized the fact that the number of [subsidized housing] units for homeless people decreased to 2,318 in fiscal year 2018, down 12 percent from the year before, though it is the second most since 2014....Read more

Cost of Housing Homeless in Shelters Keeps Rising in New York City

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 By Katie Honan, The Wall Street Journal

Giselle Routhier, policy director at Coalition for the Homeless, said the shelter population hasn’t decreased that much because there are so few permanent housing options in the city: "There’s not enough units to meet that need."...Read more

CityViews: De Blasio Can Fulfill his Progressive Promise by Retooling his Housing Plan

Monday, September 17, 2018 By Joel Berg and Giselle Routhier, City Limits

In many of the nation’s big cities, hunger and homelessness remain rampant. But given that de Blasio is enacting so many progressive policies to combat poverty, why are these problems still pervasive here?...Read more

When I Was Homeless: How It Scarred Me, and What the City Must Do to Help More People Lift Themselves Out

Saturday, August 11, 2018 By M.A. Dennis, New York Daily News

What frustrates me even more is that New York is spending billions of dollars on an “affordable housing” plan that will do nothing to alleviate the suffering of homeless men and women....Read more

New York City’s Affordable Housing Push Leaves Out Key Group – Homeless Individuals and Families

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 By Giselle Routhier, NYN Media

De Blasio is settling for half-measures, failing to use the most important tool in his toolbox: actually building homes for homeless people....Read more

Homelessness is a Housing Problem

Sunday, August 5, 2018 By Ben Adler, City & State New York

"The fundamental reason for homelessness is a lack of affordable housing. The mayor’s housing plan doesn’t match the scale of the homelessness problem,” said Shelly Nortz, deputy executive director for policy at Coalition for the Homeless. ...Read more

Ask the Mayor: Rezoning, Public Housing, Marijuana, For-Hire Vehicles

Friday, August 3, 2018 By The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners. Dennis from Staten Island asks the Mayor to commit 10% of the units in his affordable housing plan to homeless New Yorkers, with 24,000 of those units to be created through new construction....Read more

Today’s Listen: How the House Our Future NY Campaign Can Help Address Homelessness

Monday, July 23, 2018 By Jacquelyn Simone, Coalition for the Homeless

Giselle Routhier spoke with Joel Berg and Jeff Simmons on their WBAI radio show City Watch. The interview contextualized how past policy failures and the loss of affordable housing have contributed to record homelessness, and highlighted the urgency underlying the House Our Future NY campaign. ...Read more

One to One: Giselle Routhier

Monday, June 25, 2018 By Sheryl McCarthy, CUNY TV

Why has the homeless population mushroomed, and in a city where property values and rents are so high, and are steadily rising, can the homeless problem ever be solved? Our guest is Giselle Routhier, policy director at the Coalition for the Homeless. She says New York needs to embrace bolder solutions to address this problem....Read more

Advocates Rally for the Homeless

Thursday, June 21, 2018 By Tyvan Burns, Amsterdam News

A week before the Day of Action, on June 7, more than 100 children, including many from New York City homeless shelters, joined the Coalition for the Homeless and other advocates in marching to City Hall, using pictures of homes and Lego houses to “demand that the city dedicate 30,000 units of its Housing New York 2.0 plan to homeless households, including 24,000 units created through new construction.”...Read more

Today’s Read: City Officials Urge Mayor to Increase Housing for Homeless

Thursday, June 21, 2018 By Jacquelyn Simone, Coalition for the Homeless

The House Our Future NY campaign has garnered endorsements from 57 organizations, many of which sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio on April 23rd. Now, a group of 32 Council Members, 4 Borough Presidents, the Public Advocate, and the Comptroller have echoed this request in a new letter asking the Mayor to set aside 10 percent of his housing plan, or 30,000 units of permanent housing, for homeless New Yorkers....Read more

City Officials Urge Mayor to Increase Housing for Homeless

Thursday, June 21, 2018 By Sam Raskin, Politico NY

A slew of New York City elected officials have signed on to a letter urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to step up his commitment to combating homelessness by doubling the amount of units apportioned to the city's homeless population....Read more

With Toy Houses in Hand, Children March and Call on Mayor to Build More Housing for Homeless Kids and Families

Thursday, June 7, 2018 By Press Release, Coalition for the Homeless

More than one hundred children, including dozens from New York City homeless shelters, joined the Coalition for the Homeless and other advocates in marching to City Hall today, using pictures of homes and Lego houses to demand that the City dedicate 30,000 units of its Housing New York 2.0 plan to homeless households, including 24,000 units created through new construction....Read more

The Latest from Human Services Council...NYC Contracts...Coalition for the Homeless

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 By Zach Williams, NYNMedia

The Coalition for the Homeless and more than 40 other groups have sent a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, calling on him to dedicate 30,000 units – some 10 percent – of his housing plan to homeless New Yorkers. ...Read more

Today's Read: Advocates Call for More Homeless Housing Units in de Blasio’s Housing Plan

Thursday, April 26, 2018 By Jacqueline Simone, Coalition for the Homeless

On Monday, the Coalition for the Homeless and a group of 43 organizations sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio calling on him to dedicate 30,000 units of his Housing New York 2.0 plan to homeless New Yorkers, or 10 percent of the total 300,000-unit plan....Read more

Broad Coalition Calls for 30,000 Homes for Homeless New Yorkers as Part of Mayor’s Housing Plan

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 By Press Release, Coalition for the Homeless

In current plan, just 5% of housing units targeted to homeless, as shelter population remains near record highs...Read more

State of the Homeless 2018: Fate of a Generation

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 By Giselle Routhier, Coalition for the Homeless

How the City and State Can Tackle Homelessness by Bringing Housing Investment to Scale ...Read more

Max & Murphy: Top Homeless Advocate on Shelter Numbers, De Blasio’s Agenda, Cuomo’s Record

Monday, March 5, 2018 By Jarrett Murphy, CityLimits.org

Coalition for the Homeless Policy Director Giselle Routhier visited the Max & Murphy podcast for a wide-ranging conversation on the policies needed to effectively combat record homelessness....Read more

Moment of Truth: Bringing Production of Affordable Housing for Homeless Households in de Blasio’s Housing Plan to Scale

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 By Giselle Routhier, Coalition for the Homeless

Voices

Voices

Felix

By Felix, Coalition for the Homeless CAG

"I don't want to be a statistic forever. I am homeless but not hopeless."...Read more

Flowers

By Flowers, VOCAL New York

“It’s on you, Bill!”...Read more

Charisma

By Charisma, Urban Pathways

"This [affordable housing] will help me be a stable, productive member of the community"...Read more

Griffin

By Griffin, Coalition for the Homeless CAG

“If housing is a human right, then why are humans being denied housing?”...Read more

Michael

By Michael, Coalition for the Homeless CAG

"Housing is needed for people with seriously low incomes."...Read more

Stephen

By Stephen, Urban Pathways

"[Getting affordable housing] is a blessing not only to me, but to the communities of families that have nothing at all and now have a home to call their own."...Read more

K.J.

By K.J., Coalition for the Homeless CAG

"A permanent home would mean peace of mind and serenity."...Read more

Althea

By Althea, VOCAL New York

“We have a real big crisis that will get worse if we don’t start putting people in permanent homes.”...Read more

Dennis

By Dennis, Coalition for the Homeless CAG

"Permanent housing has given me the mindset, as well as the actual opportunity, to do better and be better."...Read more

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Add Your Organization to the Campaign

The Coalition for the Homeless recently launched House Our Future NY to call on Mayor de Blasio to increase the number of permanent affordable housing units set aside for homeless New Yorkers, and we would like to invite your organization to join our campaign.

Currently, only 15,000 units of the Mayor’s 300,000-unit Housing NY 2.0 plan are set aside for homeless families and individuals, despite record homelessness in New York City. We are urging the Mayor to immediately direct his housing development agencies to increase the total number of housing units for homeless households to 30,000, with 24,000 of these units financed and created as new construction. We officially launched this campaign with the release of a policy brief in January 2018, and reiterated the request in our annual State of the Homeless report in March 2018 and in April 2019.

In order to amplify this critical housing goal, we want to include our allies: organizations serving homeless families, single adults, people with disabilities, domestic violence survivors, and runaway and homeless youth. We are soliciting organizational partners to sign on to the campaign and help with organizing grassroots support for our future multi-pronged advocacy efforts including rallies and other public actions.

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Endorsing Organizations: 

The Ali Forney Center
Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health
Bailey House
Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, Inc.
Barrier Free Living
Broadway Housing Communities
Bronx Health & Housing Consortium
Care for the Homeless
The Church of the Village (NYC)
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
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church
Fierce!
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 Lawyers Guild – New York City Chapter
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
Pax Christi Metro New York
Picture the Homeless
Positive Tails
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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69 Endorsers as of October 23, 2019

Read Our April 23, 2018 Letter to Mayor de Blasio

Endorsing Elected Officials: 

Council Member Stephen Levin (Chair, Committee on General Welfare)
Public Advocate and former Council Member Jumaane Williams
Former Public Advocate Letitia James
Comptroller Scott M. Stringer
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz
Council Member Ben Kallos (Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus)
Council Member Keith Powers (Vice Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus)
Council Member Carlos Menchaca (Vice Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus)
Council Member Adrienne Adams
Council Member Alicka Ampry-Samuel
Council Member Diana Ayala
Council Member Inez Barron
Council Member Fernando Cabrera
Council Member Margaret Chin
Council Member Andrew Cohen
Council Member Costa Constantinides
Council Member Robert Cornegy
Council Member Rafael Espinal
Council Member Mathieu Eugene
Council Member Vanessa Gibson
Council Member Barry Grodenchik
Council Member Robert Holden
Council Member Peter Koo
Council Member Brad Lander
Council Member Mark Levine
Council Member I. Daneek Miller
Council Member Francisco Moya
Council Member Bill Perkins
Council Member Antonio Reynoso
Council Member Donovan J. Richards
Council Member Carlina Rivera
Council Member Helen Rosenthal
Council Member Rafael Salamanca
Council Member Ritchie Torres
Council Member Mark Treyger
Council Member James Van Bramer

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