NEW YORK, NY – March 4, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — 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 supportive housing to address record levels of homelessness in NYC. Supportive housing, a combination of affordable housing and on-site services, is a proven strategy to bring the most vulnerable people off the street and into housing while avoiding the use of more costly shelter system, hospitals, or jails. As the article states, “there is currently only one housing unit available for every six eligible applicants.” Our City and State must prioritize housing those with long histories of homelessness, serious mental illness, and other barriers. The agreement is an important step toward making New York a fairer, safer, and healthier place for all.