VOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO PROPOSED $6.2 BILLION CUT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN PRESIDENT TRUMP’S 2018 BUDGET

For Immediate Release
March 17, 2017

Contact: Jeremy Saunders, 917-676-8041, jeremy@vocal-ny.org

VOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO PROPOSED $6.2 BILLION CUT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN PRESIDENT TRUMP’S 2018 BUDGET

New York City – In response to President Trump’s proposal to cut $6.2 billion from the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) budget, VOCAL-NY released the following statement from Co-Executive Director Jeremy Saunders.

The statement comes after a series of escalating protests calling on Governor Cuomo and the New York State Senate to take aggressive action to end New York State’s record high homelessness and to adopt progressive tax policies. Advocates say these tax policies are necessary for tackling homelessness, income inequality, and to prepare for Federal budget cuts. The most recent protest on Monday, March 13th, culminated in ten arrests when faith and community leaders blocked Third Avenue in New York City, with banners reading “Cuomo: the Nation is Watching” and “End Record Homelessness and Inequality” outside of the Governor’s office.

Find here the Albany Can End Homelessness in New York State laying out policy demands and progressive revenue options to fund them.

Statement from Jeremy Saunders, Co-Executive Director of VOCAL-NY:

“It is unconscionable that President Trump would propose a 13% cut in funding for life-saving housing programs that serve our country’s poorest residents. New York’s homelessness crisis is already at record-high levels, with more than 88,000 New Yorkers sleeping in shelters nightly. Further cuts to federal housing and rental assistance programs promises to exacerbate our homelessness crisis to an extent that was not previously imaginable.

“New Yorkers need more than rhetoric to stand up to this onslaught from the federal government. We need Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature to raise revenue in this year’s budget, so that we have the resources to protect our state and its residents against cuts that will impact housing, health care, and surely much more.

“The State Assembly has taken important steps by including the Extend-and-Expand Millionaire’s Tax and the New York City Mansion Tax in their one-house budget bill. Meanwhile, Governor Cuomo – who touts himself as a progressive champion – and the Senate Independent Democratic Caucus, refuse to side with the Assembly and Senate Democrats in adopting these progressive tax policies.

“Worse yet, Senate Republicans proposed a tax cut to millionaires. Proposing to cut taxes on the rich – during the worst homeless crisis in our State’s history – is so shameful and immoral, and proves Senate Republicans lack the decency to even care about whether New Yorkers have something as basic as a home.

Our State is home to Wall Street, a multi-billion dollar real estate industry, and some of the wealthiest people in the world. To protect our State – to defend housing, health care, education, and much more – we must invest in New York and must adopt progressive tax policies. By requiring that New York’s most fortunate pay their fair share in taxes, we can ensure our city has enough resources to take care of our most needy residents – no matter what President Trump attempts to do.”

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