February 17, 2022
NEW YORK, NY – In response to the release of Mayor Eric Adams’ FY23 preliminary city budget, the Family Homelessness Coalition issued the following statement:
“Families with children continue to make up the largest share of New York’s City’s homeless population yet, Mayor Adams did not mention how he plans to address the City’s family homelessness crisis or affordable housing shortage during his FY23 Preliminary Budget announcement.
“This is especially troubling given the expiration of the eviction moratorium, thousands of additional families are at the brink of homelessness and the life-altering trauma that comes with it. New York City has an obligation to make greater investments to prevent a tidal wave of children and families from entering the city’s shelter system. Households with children, especially households headed by women of color, have been hit hardest by the economic insecurity brought on by the pandemic due to severe job and income losses, as well as lack of childcare. It is disappointing that family homelessness is not more of a priority and it is critical that the City does all that it can to advance permanent housing interventions and prevention methods to rapidly rehouse and keep these families housed, and address the critical human service and educational needs of families and children who are currently in shelters. We urge Mayor Adams to fight the chronic cycle of generational homelessness and expedite the movement from shelter to permanent housing with services and we are eager to hear how his administration plans to address this crisis.”
The Family Homelessness Coalition (FHC) is composed of 16 organizations representing service and housing providers and children’s advocacy organizations. FHC is united by the goal of launching a coordinated,
collaborative, multi-agency effort focused on preventing family homelessness, improving the well-being of children and families in shelters, and supporting the long-term stability of families with children who leave shelters.