Reps. Israel and Murphy Introduce Bill to Help End Veteran Homelessness

Representatives Steve Israel (D-NY) and Tim Murphy (R-PA) introduced bipartisan legislation to help improve efforts to end homelessness among our nation’s veterans. H.R. 2591, the Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund Act of 2015, creates the Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund and offers taxpayers an opportunity to help keep veterans off the streets by making a voluntary contribution to the fund on their federal income tax return form


Public Advocate Letitia James and eight elderly and disabled tenants represented by Legal Services NYC and MinKwon Center for Community Action have filed a federal lawsuit against the New York City Department of Finance (“DOF”), DOF Commissioner Jacques Jiha, and the City of New York. The individual plaintiffs are widows and adult disabled children whose rent subsidies were revoked after their spouses or parents died, causing them to be at immediate risk of eviction and homelessness.

Senators Klein, Espaillat & Peralta balance NYCHA application process for homeless domestic violence victims

Senate passes bill granting homeless domestic violence victims the same preference status as granted to homeless New Yorkers

Rep. Israel Announces $1.1 Million FEMA Grant for Superstorm Sandy Repairs in Oyster Bay

Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) announced a more than $1.1 million infrastructure investment for the Town of Oyster Bay to repair damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. This disaster assistance, made available through the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Administration’s (FEMA) Public Assistance program, will be used to repair pedestrian sidewalks and curbs at 477 locations throughout Oyster Bay.

Maloney lauds Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today praised legislation to reduce homelessness among veterans. The Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act excludes payments that disabled veterans receive for in-home aid and attendance from being considered as income when determining eligibility for HUD housing assistance.

Avella Commends Denial of Pan-Am Contract, Demands Action from Mayor

State Senator Tony Avella praised New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s decision to deny a contract that would have established a permanent homeless shelter at the former Pan-Am Hotel.


In March, the NYC Department of Investigation released a report that highlighted unacceptable living conditions in our City’s shelters and raised significant issues about how the Department of Homeless Services identifies and cures health and safety violations

Mayor de Blasio Launches Shelter Repair Squad to Address Urgent Health and Safety Conditions...

Department of Homeless Services, Fire Department, Department of Buildings, Housing Preservation and Development, and Department of Health, Department of Investigation to join forces to expedite violation corrections at over 500 city shelters following a report by the Department of Investigation


The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito joined Lantern and partners to celebrate the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Prospero Hall in the East Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. The 87 affordable apartments provide permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless New Yorkers, with a preference for formerly homeless veterans who may not be eligible for housing or services funded through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Congressman Higgins & Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Announce $1.36 Million for...

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York announced the award of a $1.36 million grant to The Matt Urban Center of Buffalo to help finance the Hope House project, which involves the conversion of a former public school into permanent supportive housing for homeless women.

Mayor de Blasio Signs Legislation to Provide Tax Relief for Property Owners Impacted by...

City legislation provides long-term financial relief for property owners who experienced significant increases in property taxes, part of de Blasio Administration’s Sandy recovery overhaul


Last night the New York State Legislature voted to include $4.5 million for homeless youth shelters in the 2015-16 budget, $2.1 million more than previous years and the first appreciable increase in funding for such shelters since 2008.

State of the Homeless 2015

The Coalition for the Homeless released today its annual State of the Homeless report, showing that while New York City has taken encouraging initial steps to begin to reduce the record number of New Yorkers currently in shelter, both the Governor and the Mayor must do more to combat this crisis. The report outlined key policy recommendations for both city and state leaders to dramatically reduce homelessness from today’s record heights

State Leaders Decide Budget Package for Homeless Relief

The budget 'will prevent thousands of individuals and children from entering the homeless shelter system,' said Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, the Queens Democrat who chairs the chamber's Social Services committee

Assembly’s Families First Budget Proposal Provides Crucial Funding to Housing Programs

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Housing Committee Chair Keith L.T. Wright and Social Services Committee Chair Andrew Hevesi today announced the Assembly's Families First budget proposal commits more than $645 million for housing rehabilitation and community development programs, as well as services to prevent homelessness to ensure that all New Yorkers have a place to call home.

Mangano To Assist With Affordable Rental Opportunities

With more than 1,000 new rental residences currently under construction throughout Nassau.

Lowey Announces $1 Million to Create New Community Living Program for Westchester Adults with...

Individuals will have the opportunity to live in an apartment alone, with a roommate, or with a trained family. Apartments will be equipped with remote technology tailored to the medical needs of each person.

Rise to the challenge and fight street homelessness

As a leading provider of supportive housing services in New York City, CUCS strongly supports a New York/New York IV agreement to create 30,000 units of supportive housing over the next ten years. We urge Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio to partner and make this a reality for New York and you can too by pledging to stand against homelessness. In a great op-ed in the Daily News, our colleague at the National Coalition for the Homeless advocates for more

Rose Associates Receives REBNY Award for RoseCares

Rose Associates, the New York-based full-service real estate firm, was recognized today with a REBNY Award for its RoseCares program. The award for community service was presented to Rose at REBNY’s annual Residential Management Leadership breakfast.

CUCS Institute Presents at National Conference

CUCS Institute Presents at National Conference on Ending Family Homelessness. The CUCS Institute’s Aaron Levitt and Martha Kenton presented at the 2015 National Conference on Ending Family Homelessness hosted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH). Held in San Diego, CA, February 18-20, 2015, the conference focused on strategies to end family and youth homelessness, including rapid re-housing and family intervention, and included a series of workshops on developing systems for oversight of housing assistance.

With Gillibrand’s Push, Ithaca Homeless Youth Center Awarded Nearly $200,000 HHS Grant

WASHINGTON, D.C. - May 12, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a $184,010 grant for The Learning Web, a youth development agency in Ithaca. This federal funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children & Families’ Transitional Living Program through the Family and Youth Service Bureau and will be used to expand housing and support services to accommodate more homeless youth. In February, Senator Gillibrand sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, urging for swift approval of this funding request.

Congressman Engel announces over $3 million HUD award for homeless services

Washington, D.C. - April 9, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16) announced that the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded over $3 million in grants to non-profits and governmental agencies in his Congressional District, which will provide social services and housing assistance to homeless individuals and families

Mangano Reminds Residents Of Warmbed Emergency Winter Shelter Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 17, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- With snow and frigid temperatures affecting Long Island, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that WARMBED,Nassau County’s Emergency Shelter Relief Program for homeless individuals and families during the winter months, is active. The Nassau County Winter Homeless Hotline operates 7 days a week and runs through March 31st, 2014. If winter conditions persist beyond March 31st, the program will continue until warmer weather arrives

Governor Cuomo Announces $1.75 Million Awarded to Fight Chronic Homelessness for Families Dealing With...

New York, NY - February 12, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $1.75 million in grants awarded to provide permanent supportive housing in New York City for homeless families struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol. This announcement builds on the Governor’s commitment to support community treatment opportunities, including supportive housing units for homeless families with members suffering from a chemical dependency. These funds are available through the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

Crowley Joins An Angel in Queens Founder Jorge Muñoz to Distribute Meals for the...

Queens, NY - February 4, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- On Thursday, January 30th, U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) joined An Angel in Queens Founder Jorge Muñoz to distribute meals to homeless and unemployed New Yorkers on Roosevelt Avenue and 73rd Street in Jackson Heights. Muñoz, a community leader in the battle against hunger, has served over 225,000 home-cooked meals since 2004. Just two days prior, Crowley hosted Muñoz at President Obama’s State of the Union address and recognized him for his commitment to helping communities in need.

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Homeless Activists Disrupt City Budget Hearing to Demand Mayor’s ‘Housing New...

As the City of New York negotiates the housing budget amidst an unprecedented homelessness crisis, homeless activists from the House Our Future NY campaign interrupted a budget hearing held by the City Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee. Led by Nathylin Flowers Adesegun–the homeless 73-year old