Homeless & Crisis Assistance

Homeless & Crisis Assistance

Coalition for the Homeless Responds to End of State Legislative Session

Despite his self-professed expertise on the topic and grandiose pronouncements as the homelessness crisis in New York reached record levels, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has racked up a series of staggering homeless policy failures in recent years

HORRORS IN HOMELESS HOUSING: NEW YORK’S UNCLEAN, UNSAFE, DANGEROUS TEMPORARY SHELTER SYSTEM AND HOW...

Senators Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Diane Savino (D-SI/Brooklyn), Avella (D-Queens), Alcantara (D-Manhattan), Hamilton (D-Brooklyn) and Jose Peralta (D-Queens), joined by advocates, released an investigative report detailing deplorable conditions at New York City hotels and cluster sites used for the homeless and called for a five-point legislative solution to the homelessness crisis.

Coalition for the Homeless Policy Brief Finds ‘Lost Decade’ Major Cause Underlying Historic Family...

Nearly 32,000 households were denied access to permanent housing assistance between FY 2005 and FY 2014. Report Outlines Steps State, City Must Take Immediately to Match the Scale of Crisis

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $8 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR 33 LONG ISLAND ORGANIZATIONS...

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $8,250,326 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for services on Long Island that promote the goal of ending homelessness. The funding was allocated through HUD’s Continuum of Care Program, which provides funding to non-profits, as well as local and state governments, to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families and promote access to programs that encourage self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

HUD AWARDS NEARLY $2 BILLION FOR LOCAL HOMELESS PROGRAMS

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to prevent and end homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded a record $1.95 billion in grants to nearly 7,600 homeless assistance programs across throughout the nation, including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. HUD’s Continuum of Care grants provide critically needed support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Homeless Man Convicted of Murder for Fatally Shooting Man During Robbery on Brownsville Street...

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 49-year-old homeless man has been convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting an acquaintance during a robbery on a Brownsville street corner.

Following Tragedy, Comptroller Stringer Calls on the City to Create a Roadmap to Tackle...

Following the tragic death of two children in the Bronx yesterday, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer today called for the City to release a roadmap to solving the homelessness crisis

Albany, NY Governor Cuomo Announces $2.62 Million Supportive Housing Project for Veterans and Individuals...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of a $2.62 million supportive housing project in the Finger Lakes. The project will provide permanent and transitional housing for homeless veterans and individuals suffering from a substance abuse disorder in Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties. Residents will be able to access the necessary services to help achieve stability in their lives and be active participants in their community. This project is part of Governor Cuomo's unprecedented $20 billion Homelessness and Affordable Housing Action Plan

Vice Chair Crowley Endorses NYS Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi’s Home Stability Support Initiative to Combat...

Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, released the following statement in support of NYS Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi’s Home Stability Support (HSS) initiative to address New York’s growing homeless crisis

HUD Funds will be used to Help Low-Income, At-Risk Veteran Families With Safe and...

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio today announced $265,536 in federal funding for New York City. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program to provide homeless veterans access to affordable housing. Specifically, the New York City Housing Preservation Department will use the federal funds to reserve a total of 24 apartments at three new building complexes for homeless veterans.

Governor Cuomo Announces State Allocates $771 Million in Tax Exempt Bonds to New York...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state has allocated $771 million in tax exempt bond capacity to New York City – a critical resource used for the construction and preservation of affordable housing. This year’s financing is virtually the highest allocated to New York City in 10 years, $80 million more than last year, and nearly $150 million above the average of the last 10 years

Comptroller Stringer Investigation: Child Care Centers in City Shelters Put Homeless Children at Risk

City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer today released a wide-ranging investigation that found dangerous shortcomings in how child care services are provided to children age zero to three in City shelters, including a failure to ensure that child care workers undergo criminal background checks or enforce basic health and safety standards.  In short, the report found that child care services at City shelters are not subject to the same health and safety regulations that govern child care facilities outside of shelters.

Governor Cuomo Announces Nearly $21.6 Million for Eight Supportive Housing Projects

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced nearly $21.6 million has been awarded for eight supportive housing projects that will create a total of 265 units for homeless New Yorkers. The awards, made through the New York State's Homeless Housing and Assistance Program, will fund supportive housing projects in Suffolk and Oneida counties for homeless veterans and their families, as well as ones in New York City, Erie, Nassau and Oneida Counties for homeless individuals and families. All eight projects are part of Governor Cuomo's historic $10 billion commitment to building affordable housing and combating homelessness.

MAYORS OF BUFFALO, NIAGARA FALLS, LOCKPORT AND TONAWANDA ANNOUNCE SUCCESS IN CHALLENGE TO END...

Mayors of the Cities of Buffalo (Byron W. Brown), Niagara Falls (Paul Dyster), Lockport (Anne McCaffrey) and Tonawanda (Rick Davis) are pleased to announce an effective end to Veteran homelessness in response to First Lady Michelle Obama’s call to action through the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness in Western New York (WNY).
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HELP USA, BUFFALO MAYOR, STATE HCR, AND PARTNERS HOLD GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR HELP BUFFALO...

HELP USA and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, today were joined by New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) and the Office of Temporary Disability Assistance (OTDA), and partners to announce construction of 47 units of affordable housing for low income families and formerly homeless veterans in Buffalo

Governor Cuomo Directs New York State Division of Budget to Sign $2 Billion Homelessness...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed Robert Mujica, Director of the New York State Division of the Budget, to execute a memorandum of understanding to release $2 billion in funding to advance the creation of more than 100,000 units of affordable and supportive housing over the next five years. The executed agreement is now before the New York State Senate and Assembly for action.

Governor Cuomo Announces Awards for Development of First 1,200 Supportive Housing Units

The awards, made following a Request for Proposals issued in June, will support the ongoing service and operating expenses of supportive housing projects. This funding will be made available to supportive housing providers under five-year contracts which are renewable at the end of their term. New York State Homes and Community Renewal and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance will work with supportive housing providers who have received these conditional contract awards to secure the capital funding needed to complete supportive housing projects. These awards represent a major step forward in the Governor’s unprecedented $2.6 billion, five-year plan to construct 6,000 new supportive housing units across New York State

Many Homeless Shelters in Poor Condition

Many of the state’s homeless shelters outside New York City are in substandard condition with numerous health and safety issues that need to be addressed immediately, according to a report on homelessness released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. DiNapoli called on state and local officials to improve coordination and respond quickly to improve homeless shelter conditions.

Mangano: “Stand Down” To Clothe & Feed Homeless Veterans On July 12th

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announces that a Veterans Stand Down will be held on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at American Legion, 160 Marvin Avenue in Hempstead. The Stand Down, from 10am – 2pm, is hosted by the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency (VSA) with assistance from volunteers representing all service organizations

HUD AND VA TEAM UP TO FIND PERMANENT HOMES FOR HOMELESS VETERANS IN NEW...

To help end veteran homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is awarding $2,547,492 to help 287 homeless veterans in New York find a permanent place to call home. The rental assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA. Cities receiving voucher funding include Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Buffalo and New York.

New York State Launches Phase One of Unprecedented $10.4 Billion Homelessness Action Plan

New York State announced the launch of Phase One of the Homelessness Action Plan, which is part of a multifaceted, focused and comprehensive package of initiatives involving multiple agencies. In his 2016 State of the State address, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proposed a historic $10.4 billion commitment to combat homelessness statewide over the next five years, which includes $2.6 billion for new supportive housing units and $7.8 billion for continuing commitments in support of existing supportive housing units, shelter beds, and other homeless services.

Assembly’s Budget Proposal Delivers Affordable Housing and Homelessness Relief

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Housing Committee Chair Keith L.T. Wright and Social Services Committee Chair Andrew Hevesi today announced the Assembly's SFY 2016-17 budget proposal that will help hardworking New Yorkers stay in their homes and help communities provide resources to prevent homelessness and support those living in or transitioning from homelessness.

MAYOR DE BLASIO AND ATTORNEY GENERAL SCHNEIDERMAN: $10 MILLION FROM TAX PROGRAM CRACKDOWN WILL...

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the initial financing for nearly 600 new affordable apartments across the city, paid for by $10 million in settlements with property owners who violated the law. The new homes will serve formerly homeless New Yorkers, low-income families, veterans, seniors and people with mental health and substance abuse challenges.

DiNapoli: Homeless Families, Adults Living in Squalid Shelters Due to Oversight Failure

A state agency’s failure to adequately monitor and inspect homeless shelters allowed violations and squalid living conditions to go unchecked, according to an audit released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

Brewer responds to Sen. Ted Cruz’s anti-Manhattan remarks

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement in response to remarks made by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) to ABC News Monday evening "We are one city and one state. Our heritage is diversity and tolerance, and our values are community and fair play.

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OGS To Award New Construction Contracts

RoAnn M. Destito, New York State Office of General Services Commissioner today announced that new construction bids have been awarded in the below counties. The awards are described in the listing below. The contracts are expected to be awarded to the apparent low bidders following review and approval by the State Comptroller's Office

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Rep. Zeldin Meets in DC with Leadership from the Long Island...

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) met with leadership from the Long Island State Veterans’ Home in his Washington D.C. office to discuss veterans’ legislation. Located in Stony Brook, the Long Island State Veterans’ Home provides high quality care and support services for veterans, including rehabilitation and adult day healthcare