New York, NY – The following statement is attributed to Giselle Routhier, Policy Director at Coalition for the Homeless.
“While the Mayor touts record affordable housing development, the number of homes created for homeless New Yorkers in Fiscal Year 2018 was actually down 12% from FY 2017 and is projected to produce an average of fewer than one thousand units a year between now and 2026. All told, the Mayor is spending billions on a plan that will do little to decrease record homelessness. Mayor de Blasio can trumpet the headline number all he wants, but very little of this housing is going to the people who need it most.”
The Coalition for the Homeless has called on the Mayor to set aside 10% of units preserved and created by the Housing New York plan to be set aside for the homeless, including 24,000 units created through new construction. To learn more, visit: https://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/event/house-our-future-ny/