Categories: New York City
On May 3rd, the Network’s Associate Director of Advocacy and Outreach Tierra Labrada delivered testimony to the City Council’s General Welfare Committee about inordinately high vacancy rates in the City’s 25,000-unit supportive housing portfolio and proposed measures to address the situation.
The Network had conducted an informal survey of its 100 NYC members last fall and found some 10% of the City’s units were vacant. Tierra urged the city to add staff to the City agencies responsible for moving New Yorkers from homelessness into housing, build out the Coordinated Assessment and Placement System (CAPS) to further simplify and automate the process, include a 5.4% , Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for supportive housing staff in the final budget and invest in mobile treatment teams for supportive housing residents.
See a press release covering the hearing here.