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January 10, 2019
“We applaud Mayor de Blasio’s commitment to address the needs of the homeless, but the scale of the crisis requires a more comprehensive approach to preventing and reducing homelessness. Almost 70% of homeless New Yorkers are children and their families. Permanent housing with services for homeless and at-risk families, access to safe and appropriate shelter (and post-shelter services), and greater educational stability for children in shelter are needed.
“This year’s City budget offers an ideal opportunity to strengthen the administration’s pledge to reduce homelessness and improve child and family wellbeing. Essential steps the administration should take include: increasing housing set-asides for homeless families; making new investments in homelessness prevention and post-shelter services; and baselining and increasing resources for Bridging the Gap social workers in city public schools. “
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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, multi-agency, 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.
The Family Homelessness Coalition is:
Advocates for Children of New York
Barrier Free Living
Citizens Committee for Children
Coalition for the Homeless
Enterprise Community Partners
Henry Street Settlement
Homeless Services United
New Destiny Housing Corporation
RiseBoro Community Partnership
Settlement Housing Fund
The Floating Hospital
Women in Need
Contact: Lupe Todd-Medina