Spectrum News: Homelessness Advocates Say More Help Is Needed Amid Pandemic


December 8, 2020

Advocates for homeless people in New York are urging New York officials to do more to aid people who are on the verge of losing a place to live amid an economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Family Homelessness Coalition on Tuesday cheered Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s move to free up $60 million in unused federal aid for rent relief. But they also argued more work is needed on homelessness mitigation and prevention to aid families who are struggling during the pandemic.

“These include extending and strengthening the eviction moratorium, investing in a statewide approach to expand access to rent subsidies and adjust long-term rent assistance to reflect fair market rates, and continuing to invest in supportive and affordable housing development with special attention paid to address the needs of families,” the group said in a statement.

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