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Faith leader sign-on letter for NYNY4 - housing for the most vulnerable New Yorkers

By admin - Posted on 06 May 2015

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Faith leaders, join the Interfaith Assembly, and a growing list of over 200 faith community leaders in urging Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio to provide 30,000 units of supporting housing for the most vulnerable New Yorkers over the next ten years. All clergy and leaders of houses of worship and faith-based organizations are encouraged to join in endorsing this important effort.


Faith Leaders for the Campaign 4 NY/NY Housing

Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of the State of New York
NYS Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

Honorable Bill de Blasio
Mayor of City of New York
City Hall
New York, NY 10007

Dear Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio:

We write to you to express our support for strengthening and extending the supportive housing plan known as New York/New York and join the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing and more than 200 state and local organizations to call for a new City-State supportive housing agreement – New York/New York 4 - that aims to provide 30,000 new units of supportive housing for the most vulnerable New Yorkers including the new construction of 15,000 units over the next 10 years. As you are both aware, the city is at a crossroads in dealing with its large homeless population. Permanent supportive housing is needed in particular for these individuals and families who face an uphill battle to find permanent, affordable housing and get off the streets.

At the very heart of each of our faith traditions is the call to stand with the most vulnerable members of our human family. In fact the very first special needs supportive housing program in New York was the St. Francis Friends of the Poor – for mentally disabled adults - established in 1980. Many members of our homeless population are our most vulnerable New Yorkers, including and especially those living with crippling mental illness. With 60,000 people in New York City homeless today – and given that only one out of six of the 20,000 approved applicants for supportive housing annually actually receive a housing placement due to the severe lack of available units, it is imperative that we all work together to establish a new City/State supportive housing agreement that fully funds the creation of 30,000 units: 15,000 units of new supportive housing construction and 15,000 units housed in new or existing affordable housing developments.

A strong permanent supportive housing agreement will send a powerful signal to members of our congregations and the general public, advocates and stakeholders and the entire country that New York is serious in its determination to end homelessness – and will help to affirm the public’s faith that Government is committed to help all citizens to live full and decent lives. New Yorkers look to both of you for your continued strong leadership on this issue.

We look forward to hearing from each of you as to what your administration will do with regard to this most important of issues.

In Faith,

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