July 1, 2020
NEW YORK, NY — In response to the FY2021 New York City budget announced today, The Family Homelessness Coalition released the following statement:
“The Family Homelessness Coalition appreciates the steps taken by the Administration and City Council to protect the Department of Social Services from cuts, restore funding for Bridging The Gap social workers, and redirect funds from the New York Police Department to support a family homeless shelter and other youth, family and social services in vulnerable communities. Finalizing a budget in this fiscal climate was no small feat. New York families are reeling from immeasurable loss associated with the pandemic and the FY2021 budget will go a long way to help our city begin the path to recovery.
“Nevertheless, there is still work to be done to address New York City’s family homelessness crisis, which is inextricably tied to systemic racial injustice in our communities. Families represent nearly 70% of all homeless shelter residents and the vast majority of those women and children are Black and Latinx. We must work together to increase access to services proven to prevent homelessness, expand permanent affordable housing options and increase education and career training to keep families safely housed. The City must also prioritize improving shelter conditions and moving families out of shelter and into permanent housing as quickly as possible. We look forward to working with New York City and State leaders to advance these priorities and ensure we can leverage federal, state, local resources to help at-risk families remain on the path towards long-term stability and well-being.”