Press Release: Coalition Releases First of Its Kind Report to End Homelessness in NYC in Five Years

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Leading Coalition Releases the First of Its Kind Report to End Homelessness by 2020

Key recommendations include setting aside 10% of all units in Mayor de Blasio’s housing plan for homeless families

NEW YORK (April 7, 2015) – The Homes for Every New Yorker coalition, joined by Council Members Jumaane Williams, Corey Johnson, Public Advocate Letitia James, and other elected officials, released a first of its kind report today on the steps of City Hall aimed at ending NYC’s homeless crisis in the next five years.

The comprehensive report is part of a new campaign to ensure that the de Blasio and Cuomo administrations take immediate action on the record 60,000 New Yorkers, including 25,000 children, who sleep each night in municipal shelters, the highest level of homelessness the City has seen since the Great Depression.

The key strategies in the report:

  1. Set Aside 10% of All New City-Assisted Housing for Homeless New Yorkers
  2. Target More NYCHA Public Housing Apartments to People in the Shelter System
  3. Renew a City-State Agreement to Create Permanent Supportive Housing
  4. Enhance City-State Rent Subsidies to Prevent Homelessness and Rehouse the Homeless
  5. Invest in Cost-Saving Programs to Prevent Homelessness
  6. Convert So-Called “Cluster-Site” Shelter Back to Permanent Housing
  7. Expand Rental Assistance to All Low-Income New Yorkers Living with HIV
  8. Raise the Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour in New York City
  9. Build Housing with Developers Who Use Local Hire Goals and Union Labor

Homes for Every New York is a coalition comprised of advocacy groups including: ALIGN: The Alliance for a Greater New York, CASA New Settlement Houses, Coalition for the Homeless, Community Voices Heard, District Council 9 New York IUPAT Painters and Allied Trades, Legal Aid Society, Make the Road NY, Metropolitan Council on Housing, Mutual Housing Association of NY, New York Communities for Change, QUEEROCRACY, Real Affordability for All, VOCAL-NY.

“The homeless crisis is only worsening, that’s why we need both administrations to take immediate action. To eradicate homelessness requires deep commitments”, said Jennifer Flynn, executive director of VOCAL-NY.

“As the cost of rent continues to skyrocket it is critical that the City and State allocate all kinds of resources to provide New Yorkers in need with permanent homes. This report offers concrete solutions to end the homeless crisis”, said Maritza Silva-Farrell, spokesperson for Real Affordability for All (RAFA)

“Intensifying rent pressures on low-income New Yorkers are a prime cause of rising family homelessness. The City must explore every means available to‎ stem the tide”, said Victor Bach, Housing policy analyst at the Community Service Society.

“Homelessness in NYC has reached crisis level. It is critical that the City and State work together on policies that address the need for permanent housing for all New Yorkers, including preserving existing affordable housing,” said Council Member Antonio Reynoso.

“It is going to take an all hands on deck approach to address New York City’s record homelessness crisis. As this report shows, we need to implement new strategies and put forward more resources if we want to end homelessness here in New York”, said Council Member Stephen Levin

“Every New Yorker deserves a bed to sleep on and a place to call their own, but we know that goal is far from reality since the number of homeless people sleeping in shelters has risen to an all-time high over the past decade. Combine that with our city’s affordable housing crisis and it’s clear that our Administration must act quickly. I applaud Homes for Every New Yorker for compiling this eye-opening report on ending homelessness within the next ten years, and call on Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio to follow recommendations toward ending mass homelessness in New York City. By using a collaborative, multi-pronged solution, our city will be one step closer to finding permanent, affordable housing for all,” said Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) Deputy Leader and Chair of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee.

“The Homes for Every New York coalition has recommended a series of thoughtful recommendations to address an ever-worsening homelessness crisis in New York City.  We must leverage the work we are doing as a City on affordable housing to support our most vulnerable population—those individuals and families living in the shelter system.  Policy recommendations—from setting aside a fixed percentage of new affordable units for homeless families to creating permanent supportive housing—are not only fiscally responsible, but promote a more equitable and just New York City”, said Council Member Carlos Menchaca

“With over 60,000 New Yorkers in shelters each night, New York City is experiencing a homelessness crisis not seen since the Great Depression. We need to enact proactive policies that expand housing options for our most vulnerable populations, and we need to make aggressive investments in subsidies and social services that keep New Yorkers in long-term housing placements and out of the shelter system. I look forward to working closely with the Homes for Every New Yorker coalition to implement this bold agenda”, said Public Advocate Letitia James.

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