Hundreds to March to Demand Mayor de Blasio Build More Permanent Housing for Homeless New Yorkers
Coalition for the Homeless, Other Advocates Demand Mayor’s Housing New York 2.0 Plan Include 30,000 Units for Homeless Households, with 24,000 Created through New Construction
Homelessness Crisis Still at Record Levels, with Nearly 23,000 Children and All-Time Record 17,000 Single Adults Sleeping in Shelters Each Night
Coalition for the Homeless and other members of the House Our Future NY campaign to march on Gracie Mansion and demand Mayor de Blasio commit to 30,000 units of affordable housing for homeless households, with 24,000 units to be created through new construction, in his Housing New York 2.0 affordable housing plan. 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.
Homeless New Yorkers
Coalition for the Homeless
Picture the Homeless
Care for the Homeless
Henry Street Settlement
Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing
Other House Our Future NY campaign endorsers
WHERE: Meet at 86th Street and 2nd Avenue and march to Gracie Mansion
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 – 11am – 1pm
11:15AM: March begins at 86th Street and 2nd Avenue
12:00PM: Rally begins at Gracie Mansion (East End Avenue and 88th Street)
Tonight, more than 62,000 men, women and children will sleep in shelters, including an all-time record of 17,000 single adults. Currently, Mayor de Blasio has chosen to set aside only 5 percent of his 300,000-unit Housing New York 2.0 plan to homeless New Yorkers, with most units created through preservation. In response to continuing near-record homelessness in our city and the inadequacy of the Mayor’s current housing commitment to meet the scale of need, the Coalition for the Homeless, 59 partner organizations, and homeless men, women and children formed an advocacy campaign called House Our Future NY. The campaign is urging Mayor de Blasio to dedicate 10 percent – or 30,000 units –of his Housing New York 2.0 plan for homeless New Yorkers by 2026, with 24,000 of these units to be created through new construction. This request is critical to reducing homelessness and can be easily realized within the current constructs of the plan, but the Mayor has resisted repeated calls from the scores of homeless children who marched to City Hall in June; from the 32 Council Members, four Borough Presidents, Public Advocate, Comptroller, and hundreds of other concerned New Yorkers who have endorsed the request; and from the 59 organizations who have signed on to the House Our Future NY campaign. Earlier this month, the Mayor refused to engage with a currently homeless activist, Nathylin Flowers Adesegun, when she approached him at the YMCA gym in Park Slope. Ms. Flowers will co-emcee the march and rally at Gracie Mansion.
ABOUT HOUSE OUR FUTURE NY
House Our Future NY is an advocacy campaign formed by the Coalition for the Homeless and 58 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. In addition to the organizations signed on to the campaign, House Our Future NY has support from 32 Council Members, four Borough Presidents, the Public Advocate, and the Comptroller.
ABOUT COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS
The Coalition for the Homeless is the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children. We believe that affordable housing, sufficient food and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society. Since our inception in 1981, the Coalition has worked through litigation, public education and direct services to ensure that these goals are realized. In the past 37 years, we have given more than a million homeless New Yorkers a way off the streets.