Yesterday, CSH helped kick-off the campaign for the fourth NY/NY supportive housing initiative, the "Campaign 4 NY/NY Housing," with over one hundred advocates, tenants and supportive housing providers taking the steps of New York's City Hall. Supportive housing has consistently proven to be the most successful and cost-effective solution to ending homelessness for the most vulnerable New Yorkers. But there is not nearly enough supply to meet the record need in New York City. The current City-State supportive housing production initiative, NY/NY III, expires next year.
“For over twenty years supportive housing has proven to be an effective solution for improving the lives of New York’s homeless families and individuals while at the same time a smart, cost effective investment for the city and state,” said Kristin Miller, Director of the Corporation for Supportive Housing. “CSH is excited to once again be a partner in the movement to ensure that those who need it most will have access to safe and stable housing.”
More than 20,000 households per year are found eligible for supportive housing, but there’s currently only one housing unit available for every six eligible applicants. This ratio will only worsen without a new City-State supportive housing agreement. With homelessness in NYC at an all-time high and our current NY/NY III funding stream ending soon, it is extremely important that the City and State of New York quickly develop a new supportive housing initiative.
“Supportive housing saved my son’s life,” said Kendra Oke, a formerly-homeless mother who now resides in a supportive housing apartment operated by Palladia, Inc. “He is autistic and his health deteriorated dramatically during the three years we spent in shelter. After applying for supportive housing nine times, we finally received an apartment, where the supportive services have allowed me to provide a stable home for myself and my son.”
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More details about the campaign launch are available in the Press Release.