For Immediate Release

June 17, 2016




ALBANY – The Campaign 4 NY/NY Housing tonight issued the following statement on the end of session agreement on supportive housing announced by Governor Cuomo and the leaders of the Senate and the Assembly:


“Without seeing the actual language of the Memorandum of Understanding, tonight’s plan would appear to be a betrayal of the most vulnerable New Yorkers and the latest broken promise from a Governor who makes sweeping announcements that lead to paltry results.  The memorandum of understanding the Governor promised to negotiate was a five-year commitment to build 6,000 units of supportive housing for the homeless, not a one-year plan for a fraction of what was allocated in the budget.  This single year allocation of $150 million is a far cry from the 6,000 units over five years that was announced during his final budget presentation and certainly not the 20,000 units the Governor promised in January. The Governor’s failure to keep his promise means we will be right back where we started in January of 2014, 2015 and 2016: fighting for money that has already promised as the homelessness crisis gets worse and worse.”