For Immediate Release
Contact: Angelica Toussaint
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City Hall, NY – On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, the City Council voted on and unanimously passed Resolution 123 which calls for the passage of a state budget that does not bar New York City from using State reimbursement for rental subsidy programs for the homeless. The passage of the resolution is only a day after a delegation from the Department of Homeless Services, Council Members Wills, author of the bill and Levin, Chair of City Council General Welfare Committee visited Albany to lobby legislators on the language removal.
“I applaud my colleagues for supporting Resolution 123-2014 in the city council and those in the state legislature for their willingness to consider this grave issue,” said Council Member Ruben Wills. “There are 53,000 individuals including children and families sleeping in a New York City Shelter tonight. This number is equivalent to the entire population of the city of Hoboken, NJ. It is imperative we act now. Families cannot wait another year for substantive relief when our shelter rolls will likely be upwards of 60,000.”
“Homelessness is at a record high here in New York City and if action is not taken now it will only get worse and worse,” said Council Member Stephen Levin. The City Council stands strong in support of homeless families and now it is crucial for the State to remove this restrictive language. Removing this language will not cost the State a dime and it is imperative that we do it immediately.”
In 2011, the State legislature added language to the then state budget prohibiting the use of state funds to support rental subsidies for the homeless. Since then New York City’s shelter population has dramatically increased hitting record highs with the ending of the Advantage program.