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JPC Attend State of the State Address

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

$20 BILLION AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS PLAN: A COMPREHENSIVE FIVE-YEAR STATEWIDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING INITIATIVE AND HOMELESSNESS ACTION PLAN

House NY 2020 builds on the Governor's $1 billion House NY program

A $10 billion State investment to create 100,000 affordable housing units over 5 years. Including 50,000 units of new construction, 50,000 units of preservation with the majority of units targeted to low- and very low-income households.

Under House NY 2020, State resources will:

  • Build NY: create new affordable housing, including significant new investments under the Homelessness Action Plan to create supportive housing units for homeless individuals and households across the State
  • Preserve NY: extend affordability of existing units Statewide and create a large scale financing program that specifically supports assets like public housing authorities throughout the State
  • Welcome Home NY: increase access to affordable homeownership for all New Yorkers, including special programs for veterans
  • Opportunity NY: promote and protect tenants, housing opportunities and choice to ensure State investments benefit all New Yorkers
  • Revitalize NY: investment into downtowns and communities across the State; transform ten struggling neighborhoods into vibrant communities through the $100 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative

Homelessness Action Plan commits $10 billion to supportive housing and other initiatives.

New supportive housing and continued support for existing supportive housing; New shelter beds and continued support for existing facilities:

  • $2.6 billion for 6,000 new supportive housing units, 1,000 emergency shelter beds and other homeless services in years 1-5
  • Fund the construction of an additional 14,000 new supportive housing beds statewide in years 6-15
  • $7.8 billion to continuing commitments for 44,000 supportive housing units, 77,000 shelter beds around the state, and other homelessness-related services

Addressing and remediating dangerous health and safety issues in shelters statewide.

Work with New York State, New York City and Buffalo Comptrollers to audit, review and inspect shelters:

  • Onsite inspections and review operating and financial protocols
  • Shelters that are unsafe or dangerous will add local police protection or be closed
  • Unsanitary or unfit shelters will be subject to contract cancellation, operator replacement or closure
  • In the case of systemic management failures, a receiver will be appointed to run the system
  • All social service districts must comply with State laws and regulations or be subject to sanctions

Institute the HUD Continuum of Care model in localities statewide:

  • Invest new resources over three years to address vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness
  • Use the existing federal HUD Continuum of Care model that engages localities and not-for-profit providers in developing and implementing data-driven strategies to address homelessness in specific populations
  • Areas without a Continuum of Care program will get State will assistance with planning and engagement processes

Rev. Meier & Rev. Dr. Scates attended the State of the State Address on Wednesday January 13, 2016.

It was great to see how Government works. Good News was announced for upstate New York as the Governor will continue to help. We were the best cheering team... Every time Utica was announced clapping and loud verbal agreeing to assure we are seen! We had a great time and welcome the Governor to stop by at JPC to see Positive Change!!

JPC Attended State of the State Address 2016