February 1, 2023
New York – In response to the release of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Fiscal Year 2024 Executive Budget today, Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, New Destiny Housing and Enterprise Community Partners issued the following statement on behalf of the Family Homelessness Coalition:
“While we support Gov. Hochul’s plan to build 800,000 new housing units in the next ten years, we are deeply disappointed that her Executive Budget proposal does not include investments in new programs that will immediately address the devastating housing crisis currently facing New York families by helping them stay in their homes.
At a time when countless New York families are on the brink of eviction, it is critical that our state leaders prioritize solutions that ensure children can keep a roof over their heads. Now more than ever, New York must commit to fully funding the Housing Access Voucher Program (HAVP), which would provide rental assistance to families currently experiencing homelessness or at risk of losing their homes. We strongly urge the New York Legislature to pass HAVP and give vulnerable households the relief they need now before it’s too late.”
The Family Homelessness Coalition (FHC) is composed of 18 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.