June 10, 2022
NEW YORK, NY – In response to the FY’23 New York City budget agreement, the Family Homelessness Coalition issued the following statement:
“At a time when thousands of New York City families are experiencing homelessness or on the brink of losing their homes, we applaud Mayor Adams and the City Council for advancing a budget that prioritizes rental assistance and helps ensure that more families with children will have the support they need to thrive.
While we await more details on the budget agreement, we commend the Mayor and Speaker for committing to fully fund the CityFHEPS voucher program and to combat chronic absenteeism for students in shelter by hiring more shelter-based community coordinators.
As we move forward, we stand ready to collaborate with the Mayor and City Council to ensure the adopted budget includes meaningful investments that uplift vulnerable New Yorkers, help break the generational cycle of homelessnes, and prevent children and families from entering the shelter system. We are hopeful that the city’s housing and homelessness agency staffing needs are addressed in the adopted budget and that the administration’s upcoming housing and homelessness plan prioritizes New York families and addresses our city’s urgent housing crisis by investing in affordable housing.”