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August 26, 2020
“Manhattan: Re “New Yorkers call for greater action on homelessness” (Aug. 16): Reducing NYC’s population of homeless adults is important, but city and state leaders must also address NYC’s alarming number of homeless families, who comprised nearly 70% of the shelter population before the pandemic. In this moment of extreme economic strife, even more women and children are at risk of losing their homes.
Passing the Home Stability Support bill is essential to preventing a tidal wave of families entering our shelter system. City leaders must also take action to ensure parents and children living in shelters have access to the resources they need to adjust to the new blended-learning model. This means offering adequate internet access and the physical space students need for remote instruction, in addition to adequate transportation for the days they commute from shelter to school.”