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Faith Leaders Stand with Homeless New Yorkers

Join Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing and our allies as we gather every Wednesday at 9 am at Governor Andrew Cuomo's New York City offices, 633 3rd Avenue, to let him know New York's faith community stands with the 80,000 homeless New Yorkers and call on Cuomo to sign the Memo of Understanding to release 1.9 billion dollars for supportive housing for our most vulnerable.


Late in 2015over 280 faith leaders sent a letter to Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio urging them to commit to producing 35,000 units of supportive housing for New York’s most vulnerable. In January, Governor Cuomo committed to producing 20,000 units, adding to the 15,000 committed by Mayor de Blasio in November 2015.

All that is preventing the State from making the first real down payment on this 35,000 commitment and building the first 6,000 new units of this supportive housing is a signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Governor and the State Leadership to release the full funding for the first 6,000 units.

Embracing Our Enemies and Our Suffering

From the public Radio Show On Being...

Two legendary Buddhist teachers shine a light on the lofty ideal of loving your enemies and bring it down to Earth. How can that be realistic, and what do we have to do inside ourselves to make it more possible? In a conversation filled with laughter and friendship, Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman share much practical wisdom on how we relate to that which makes us feel embattled from without, and from within.

2013 Race for Mayor: What's in it for low-income New Yorkers? (Community Service Society)


The 2013 mayoral election will mark a new chapter for New York, as voters make a critical decision about our city's future direction. Will the next mayor take action to address the concerns of low-income New Yorkers?

Join us at our upcoming mayoral forum to learn where the candidates stand.

Moderated by Brian Lehrer, WNYC

Got a question you'd like to see asked? Tweet #race4mayor


The Affordable Housing Crisis - New York Times

The precious few federal programs that provide rental assistance to the nation’s poorest and most vulnerable families are already underfinanced. These programs provide decent housing for about only a quarter of the low-income families who qualify for them. And with nearly nine million households teetering on the verge of homelessness, the country clearly needs more support for affordable housing, not less.

The main federal programs are traditional public housing, for which the government provides operating expenses, plus two different programs under Section 8 of the housing law, in which rents are subsidized in privately owned properties. Federal housing programs provide a lifeline for about five million low-income households that would otherwise be unable to afford livable housing at all.

Read entire piece at New York Times.


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