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

Advocates Demand Mayor’s Housing New York 2.0 Plan Include 30,000 Units for Homeless Households, with 24,000 to be Created through New Construction

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

NEW YORK, NY – 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.

Despite soaring homelessness in New York City, Mayor de Blasio plans to set aside only 5 percent of his 300,000-unit affordable housing plan for homeless New Yorkers, with most of those units created through preservation (thus remaining unavailable for years). His plan creates twice as many units for households who can afford rents above $2,500 than it does for homeless families and individuals. Tonight alone, nearly 64,000 men, women, and children will sleep in shelters – an all-time record.

House Our Future NY is an advocacy campaign formed by Coalition for the Homeless and 61 partner organizations, as well as homeless men, women, and children and other caring New Yorkers.

“The holidays give us some time to reflect and give back. It is not easy to see someone try to survive the winter on the streets of our city. We are currently at a record of nearly 64,000 homeless people in shelters every night, with thousands more braving the elements on the streets,” said Giselle Routhier, Policy Director at Coalition for the Homeless. “We are proud to stand with faith leaders to demand that Mayor de Blasio act immediately, that he use all the tools he has available – including his affordable housing plan – to remedy this record-breaking crisis and give our homeless neighbors permanent homes of their own.”

“The present-day tragedy of homelessness in New York City, in the midst of the greatest wealth the world has ever seen, goes against the very core values of virtually each and every one of the great faith traditions. Members of New York’s numerous faith communities have for many decades dedicated their resources and labor and prayers to serve the most vulnerable of our human family and we have been encouraged by the recent efforts of our current elected representatives to bring new resources to bear,” said Marc Greenberg, Executive Director at Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness & Housing. “We, today, call on Mayor De Blasio and his administration, in partnership with the New York City Council to build on their good efforts and go further by taking the bold and visionary step of committing to include 30,000 units of housing, including 24,000 of new construction, in his historic 300,000 unit housing plan and truly TURN THE TIDE on the homeless crisis so that all New Yorkers can live in dignity and fully contribute to the life of our great city.” 


House Our Future NY Endorsing Organizations:

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