June 19, 2019
“We urge the State to commit to combating homelessness for the tens of thousands of women raising their children inside homeless shelters in New York City. Ending the crisis of family homelessness requires bold solutions and the State must do its part to ensure the 70% of shelter residents who are women and children have a viable pathway towards housing stability. To do this, the State must expand rental assistance and transitional housing supports for families experiencing homelessness, and ensure that survivors of domestic violence, the leading cause of family homelessness, have access to critical preventive and permanent housing services to keep them and their children stably and safely housed.”
The Family Homelessness Coalition, a coalition representing service providers, housing providers,
children’s organizations, and advocacy organizations, urges New York City to launch a coordinated, multiagency, collaborative effort focused on the needs of homeless children and their families to prevent
homelessness where possible, improve the well-being of children and families in shelter, and support the
long-term stability of children and families who leave shelter.