HARLEM UNITED PRAISES GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR NEW INVESTMENTS TO COMBAT HOMELESSSNESS
New York, NY (January 14, 2016) – Harlem United, a community-based housing, health and human services organization, praises Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal to invest $20 billion over the next five years to expand affordable housing and services to combat homelessness.
In yesterday’s State of the State and Executive Budget Address, Governor Cuomo showed his commitment to invest in social and economic programs to help improve the lives of all New Yorkers. The Governor announced two initiatives to help address the critical need for affordable and supportive housing over the next five years, including $10 billion for 100,000 affordable housing units across the State and an unprecedented $10 billion to combat homelessness. The Governor’s Homelessness Action Plan will support 6,000 new supportive housing beds, 1,000 emergency beds and an expansion of other homelessness services. In addition, Governor Cuomo has pledged to add 20,000 new units of supportive housing over the next 15 years.
Harlem United commends Governor Cuomo for his continued decisive and progressive leadership on issues that affect our communities on a daily basis.
“I applaud Governor Cuomo for his unwavering approach to combatting homelessness in the State of New York. Restoring economic opportunity for New York’s most vulnerable population requires giving them crucial support services – from counseling to addiction treatment to job training – and Governor Cuomo’s call to increase the state’s investment in this issue is tremendous news that will help us meet that goal. The Governor is also right that government must be effective to ensure that those with the greatest needs to not continue to go unnoticed. We support the Governor’s proposals, and look forward to partnering with him to serve those in need.”
ABOUT HARLEM UNITED
Founded in 1988 to address the HIV epidemic, Harlem United is an dynamic community based organization devoted to improving well-being and diminishing social inequality by providing neighborhood-based HIV and health care, supportive housing and responsive human service – regardless of race, socio-economic status, gender identity or sexual orientation. www.harlemunited.org