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GOTHAMIST: New York has ambitious housing plans for the future. But what can be done right now?:

February 14, 2023

If the Adams administration is serious about moving homeless New Yorkers from the streets and shelters and into permanent housing, they should just do it, said Milton Perez, an activist who spent five years in shelters before winning an affordable housing lottery in Brownsville.

The “Housing First” approach eliminates onerous eligibility packets and preconditions, like sobriety, and has been used successfully elsewhere in the country, most notably Houston.

Perez, an activist with the organization VOCAL-NY, suggested offering more homeless New Yorkers empty units and then allowing them to complete lengthy income eligibility requirements from the comfort of their new homes.

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