In the latest New York Times Article, titled, “Cuomo and de Blasio Clash Again, This Time Over Homelessness” The latest battle between Governor Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio is currently about the homelessness issue in the city. During his mayoral campaign, Mr. de Blasio promised to restore a rent subsidy program to help homeless families stay out of shelters. The Bloomberg administration created one such program, called Advantage, which was partially paid for by the state and the federal government, but ended it after the state withdrew funding in 2011. Since then, the number of people sleeping in city shelters each night has surged to over 50,000. This number of people without a home is posterous, when we live in city that has such wealth and opportunities. The mayors office shared a proposal that would offer subsidies to up to 2,800 families a year, costing a total of $21 million in the first year and growing to $115 million annually by the fifth year.Mr. Cuomo’s office also noted that the governor had set aside more than $100 million in his proposed budget to help the homeless, mostly in New York City.The de Blasio administration’s proposal would provide at least three years of subsidies to families. Adults would have to be working full time, and families would be required to pay 30 percent of their income in rent.
This sounds like a great idea but our campaign for a Path to a Permanent housing sounds more efficient and reasonable to the city. If the city would count the vacant lots this would create more homes for struggling New Yorker’s that are living on the streets or in shelters.
Governor Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio need to start cooperating and handle this growing issue in our city. Living without a home is unimaginable to some people but it is an everyday fact to the millions of people living in shelters and the streets. Help us petition Mayor De Blasio by signing our change.org and force the city and the state to recognize this issue.