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About House Our Future NY

New York City is in the midst of the worst homelessness crisis since the Great Depression, with nearly 62,000 people – including more than 22,000 children – sleeping in shelters each night. In order to match the unprecedented need, the City must employ every available affordable housing resource. Mayor de Blasio must align his historic Housing New York plan with the reality of record homelessness by immediately increasing the total number of housing units created for homeless households to 30,000 – 10 percent of his overall 300,000-unit plan.

House Our Future NY is an advocacy campaign formed by the Coalition for the Homeless and 58 partner organizations (and counting!), as well as homeless men, women, and children and other caring New Yorkers. We are asking Mayor de Blasio for 30,000 new units of affordable, permanent housing for homeless New Yorkers by 2026, with 24,000 of these units to be created through new construction.

Please sign our petition to Mayor de Blasio. Organizations can join the campaign here.

Download the report: “Moment of Truth: Bringing Production of Affordable Housing for Homeless Households in de Blasio’s Housing Plan to Scale.”

Follow @HouseOurFuture on Twitter for the latest developments.

Upcoming Advocacy Events

October 24, 2018: March to Gracie Mansion

Poster for the March to Gracie Mansion on October 24th
Download the Flyer

Descarga el folleto

 

 

PAST EVENTS:
Flyer of NY Kids Need Housing March on June 7th

News

Why I Confronted The Mayor, And What Homeless New Yorkers Should Demand From His Housing Plan

Thursday, October 18, 2018 By Nathylin Flowers Adegunsun, New York Daily News

The video of the YMCA confrontation spread all over the internet. In response, the mayor dug his heels in. He refused to commit more housing for homeless people in his city and he criticized me for trying to talk to him at the gym....Read more

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson Today Called for an Increase in the Number of Subsidized Housing Units Set Aside for Homeless People

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 By Rosa Goldensohn, PoliticoPro

“There’s no way to fully predict this, but I think that if we don’t do this, if we don’t increase the set-aside, we’re likely not going to get out of this shelter population plateau for potentially years.”...Read more

Mayor Still Shunning Homeless Woman After Gym Confrontation

Monday, October 15, 2018 By Kathleen Culliton, Park Slope Patch

"He did not want to talk to me today," said 72-year-old Nathylin Flowers Adesegun. "Here we are, still no mayor."...Read more

Homeless Advocates Get Sitdown With Housing Officials

Monday, October 15, 2018 By Katie Honan, The Wall Street Journal

Mr. de Blasio didn’t attend, but the group met with senior city officials from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Department of Social Services and the mayor’s office. “They did a lot of listening, but they told us they couldn’t commit to anything in the meeting,” she said....Read more

Woman Who Confronted de Blasio at Gym Not Satisfied with Mayoral Aide Meeting

Monday, October 15, 2018 By Rich Calder, NY Post

Mayor Bill de Blasio was a no-show at a City Hall meeting with a homeless woman who confronted him earlier at the Park Slope Y, so she says she’s going to stake him out again, this time at Gracie Mansion....Read more

New York Mayor de Blasio Puts Off Homeless Advocate: 'I'm in the Middle of a Workout'

Sunday, October 7, 2018 By Azure Gilman, ABC News

“We’ve asked the mayor … 'Will you do this? Will you dedicate 10 percent?' And he’s flat out said no,” said Giselle Routhier, policy director for the Coalition for the Homeless told ABC News. “What we’re really trying to highlight here is this goes against this progressive values. He’s failed on this.”...Read more

NYC Mayor Brushes Off Homeless Woman Who Confronted Him About Housing During Workout

Saturday, October 6, 2018 By NBC 4 New York, NBC 4 New York

Bill de Blasio was caught on camera brushing off a homeless woman who confronted him at a Brooklyn gym and interrupted his stretching routine to demand housing reform....Read more

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Dismisses Homeless Activist: I’m ‘Doing My Workout’

Saturday, October 6, 2018 By Hilary Hanson, HuffPost

The incident has garnered coverage from local and national media and led to criticism from advocates....Read more

De Blasio Rebuffs Question on Homelessness: ‘I’m in the Middle of a Workout’

Saturday, October 6, 2018 By Jeffery C. Mays, The New York Times

“Out of 300,000 units in your affordable housing program, only 5 percent will go to the homeless: Can you look me in the eye and tell me why?” Ms. Adesegun asks as Mr. de Blasio tries to cut her off....Read more

Homeless Advocate Confronts Mayor de Blasio During his Workout

Friday, October 5, 2018 By Diana Rocco, Pix11 News

“Can you look me in the eye and tell me why,” the woman asked him. Then a second woman who was recording the encounter shouts, “why can't you commit more housing for homeless New Yorkers Mayor de Blasio? Five percent, five percent isn't adequate. We need more housing for homeless New Yorkers."...Read more

'I'm Doing My Workout,' Mayor Tells Homeless Woman Seeking Help

Friday, October 5, 2018 By Kathleen Culliton, Park Slope Patch

"I'm doing my workout," video shows de Blasio telling the 72-year-old woman before he stands up and walks away. "I can't do this now."...Read more

Today's Read: de Blasio has no Comprehensive Plan to Rehouse the Homeless

Friday, October 5, 2018 By Jacquelyn Simone, Coalition for the Homeless

Paulette Soltani from VOCAL-NY, which is among the 58 House Our Future NY endorsers, wrote about the urgent need for Mayor de Blasio to change course in an op-ed for City Limits....Read more

Homeless Activists Confront Mayor During His Morning Workout

Friday, October 5, 2018 By Pamela Wong, Bklyner

“I shook the Mayor’s hand this morning, and asked why he wouldn’t do more to help homeless New Yorkers like myself,” Adesegun said in a statement following the rally. “I am 72 years old and have been homeless for three years, but he made it clear that his morning workout was more important to him.”...Read more

CityViews: De Blasio Has No Comprehensive Plan to Rehouse the Homeless

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 By Paulette Soltani, CityLimits

But the mayor is not claiming that any of these efforts will rehouse 61,000 people. That would be deceitful. What he’s telling us instead, unabashedly, is that he has no real plan to put people back in homes and that doing so is not his priority....Read more

Ask the Mayor: School Bus Fiasco, District 15, Post Primary Politics

Friday, September 21, 2018 By The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners. Paulette from Brooklyn asks the Mayor to commit 10% of the units in his affordable housing plan to homeless New Yorkers, with 24,000 of those units to be created through new construction....Read more

Single Adults in Homeless Shelters Are on the Rise

Thursday, September 20, 2018 By Brendan Cheney, Politico

The Coalition for the Homeless criticized the fact that the number of [subsidized housing] units for homeless people decreased to 2,318 in fiscal year 2018, down 12 percent from the year before, though it is the second most since 2014....Read more

Cost of Housing Homeless in Shelters Keeps Rising in New York City

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 By Katie Honan, The Wall Street Journal

Giselle Routhier, policy director at Coalition for the Homeless, said the shelter population hasn’t decreased that much because there are so few permanent housing options in the city: "There’s not enough units to meet that need."...Read more

CityViews: De Blasio Can Fulfill his Progressive Promise by Retooling his Housing Plan

Monday, September 17, 2018 By Joel Berg and Giselle Routhier, City Limits

In many of the nation’s big cities, hunger and homelessness remain rampant. But given that de Blasio is enacting so many progressive policies to combat poverty, why are these problems still pervasive here?...Read more

When I Was Homeless: How It Scarred Me, and What the City Must Do to Help More People Lift Themselves Out

Saturday, August 11, 2018 By M.A. Dennis, New York Daily News

What frustrates me even more is that New York is spending billions of dollars on an “affordable housing” plan that will do nothing to alleviate the suffering of homeless men and women....Read more

New York City’s Affordable Housing Push Leaves Out Key Group – Homeless Individuals and Families

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 By Giselle Routhier, NYN Media

De Blasio is settling for half-measures, failing to use the most important tool in his toolbox: actually building homes for homeless people....Read more

Homelessness is a Housing Problem

Sunday, August 5, 2018 By Ben Adler, City & State New York

"The fundamental reason for homelessness is a lack of affordable housing. The mayor’s housing plan doesn’t match the scale of the homelessness problem,” said Shelly Nortz, deputy executive director for policy at Coalition for the Homeless. ...Read more

Ask the Mayor: Rezoning, Public Housing, Marijuana, For-Hire Vehicles

Friday, August 3, 2018 By The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners. Dennis from Staten Island asks the Mayor to commit 10% of the units in his affordable housing plan to homeless New Yorkers, with 24,000 of those units to be created through new construction....Read more

Today’s Listen: How the House Our Future NY Campaign Can Help Address Homelessness

Monday, July 23, 2018 By Jacquelyn Simone, Coalition for the Homeless

Giselle Routhier spoke with Joel Berg and Jeff Simmons on their WBAI radio show City Watch. The interview contextualized how past policy failures and the loss of affordable housing have contributed to record homelessness, and highlighted the urgency underlying the House Our Future NY campaign. ...Read more

One to One: Giselle Routhier

Monday, June 25, 2018 By Sheryl McCarthy, CUNY TV

Why has the homeless population mushroomed, and in a city where property values and rents are so high, and are steadily rising, can the homeless problem ever be solved? Our guest is Giselle Routhier, policy director at the Coalition for the Homeless. She says New York needs to embrace bolder solutions to address this problem....Read more

Advocates Rally for the Homeless

Thursday, June 21, 2018 By Tyvan Burns, Amsterdam News

A week before the Day of Action, on June 7, more than 100 children, including many from New York City homeless shelters, joined the Coalition for the Homeless and other advocates in marching to City Hall, using pictures of homes and Lego houses to “demand that the city dedicate 30,000 units of its Housing New York 2.0 plan to homeless households, including 24,000 units created through new construction.”...Read more

Today’s Read: City Officials Urge Mayor to Increase Housing for Homeless

Thursday, June 21, 2018 By Jacquelyn Simone, Coalition for the Homeless

The House Our Future NY campaign has garnered endorsements from 57 organizations, many of which sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio on April 23rd. Now, a group of 32 Council Members, 4 Borough Presidents, the Public Advocate, and the Comptroller have echoed this request in a new letter asking the Mayor to set aside 10 percent of his housing plan, or 30,000 units of permanent housing, for homeless New Yorkers....Read more

City Officials Urge Mayor to Increase Housing for Homeless

Thursday, June 21, 2018 By Sam Raskin, Politico NY

A slew of New York City elected officials have signed on to a letter urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to step up his commitment to combating homelessness by doubling the amount of units apportioned to the city's homeless population....Read more

With Toy Houses in Hand, Children March and Call on Mayor to Build More Housing for Homeless Kids and Families

Thursday, June 7, 2018 By Press Release, Coalition for the Homeless

More than one hundred children, including dozens from New York City homeless shelters, joined the Coalition for the Homeless and other advocates in marching to City Hall today, using pictures of homes and Lego houses to demand that the City dedicate 30,000 units of its Housing New York 2.0 plan to homeless households, including 24,000 units created through new construction....Read more

The Latest from Human Services Council...NYC Contracts...Coalition for the Homeless

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 By Zach Williams, NYNMedia

The Coalition for the Homeless and more than 40 other groups have sent a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, calling on him to dedicate 30,000 units – some 10 percent – of his housing plan to homeless New Yorkers. ...Read more

Today's Read: Advocates Call for More Homeless Housing Units in de Blasio’s Housing Plan

Thursday, April 26, 2018 By Jacqueline Simone, Coalition for the Homeless

On Monday, the Coalition for the Homeless and a group of 43 organizations sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio calling on him to dedicate 30,000 units of his Housing New York 2.0 plan to homeless New Yorkers, or 10 percent of the total 300,000-unit plan....Read more

Broad Coalition Calls for 30,000 Homes for Homeless New Yorkers as Part of Mayor’s Housing Plan

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 By Press Release, Coalition for the Homeless

In current plan, just 5% of housing units targeted to homeless, as shelter population remains near record highs...Read more

State of the Homeless 2018: Fate of a Generation

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 By Giselle Routhier, Coalition for the Homeless

How the City and State Can Tackle Homelessness by Bringing Housing Investment to Scale ...Read more

Max & Murphy: Top Homeless Advocate on Shelter Numbers, De Blasio’s Agenda, Cuomo’s Record

Monday, March 5, 2018 By Jarrett Murphy, CityLimits.org

Coalition for the Homeless Policy Director Giselle Routhier visited the Max & Murphy podcast for a wide-ranging conversation on the policies needed to effectively combat record homelessness....Read more

Moment of Truth: Bringing Production of Affordable Housing for Homeless Households in de Blasio’s Housing Plan to Scale

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 By Giselle Routhier, Coalition for the Homeless

Voices

Felix

By Felix, Coalition for the Homeless CAG

"I don't want to be a statistic forever. I am homeless but not hopeless."...Read more

Charisma

By Charisma, Urban Pathways

"This [affordable housing] will help me be a stable, productive member of the community"...Read more

Michael

By Michael, Coalition for the Homeless CAG

"Housing is needed for people with seriously low incomes."...Read more

Stephen

By Stephen, Urban Pathways

"[Getting affordable housing] is a blessing not only to me, but to the communities of families that have nothing at all and now have a home to call their own."...Read more

K.J.

By K.J., Coalition for the Homeless CAG

"A permanent home would mean peace of mind and serenity."...Read more

Dennis

By Dennis, Coalition for the Homeless CAG

"Permanent housing has given me the mindset, as well as the actual opportunity, to do better and be better."...Read more

Add Your Organization to the Campaign

The Coalition for the Homeless recently launched House Our Future NY to call on Mayor de Blasio to increase the number of permanent affordable housing units set aside for homeless New Yorkers, and we would like to invite your organization to join our campaign.

Currently, only 15,000 units of the Mayor’s 300,000-unit Housing NY 2.0 plan are set aside for homeless families and individuals, despite record homelessness in New York City. We are urging the Mayor to immediately direct his housing development agencies to increase the total number of housing units for homeless households to 30,000, with 24,000 of these units financed and created as new construction. We officially launched this campaign with the release of a policy brief in January, and reiterated the request in our annual State of the Homeless report in March.

In order to amplify this critical housing goal, we want to include our allies: organizations serving homeless families, single adults, people with disabilities, domestic violence survivors, and runaway and homeless youth. We are soliciting organizational partners to sign on to the campaign and help with organizing grassroots support for our future multi-pronged advocacy efforts including rallies and other public actions.

ADD YOUR ORGANIZATION


Endorsing Organizations: 

The Ali Forney Center
Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health
Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, Inc.
Barrier Free Living
Broadway Housing Communities
Bronx Health & Housing Consortium
Care for the Homeless
Citizens’ Committee for Children
Coalition for Homeless Youth
Coalition for the Homeless
College and Community Fellowship
The Collegiate Churches of New York
Community Access
Community Service Society
Comunilife
Covenant House New York
Emergency Shelter Network
Encore Community Services
Gateway Housing
GEMS
Harm Reduction Coalition
Henry Street Settlement
Homeless Services United
Hope’s Door
Housing Conservation Coordinators
Housing Works
Human.nyc
Hunger Action Network of NYS
Hunger Free America
Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing
Kingdom Faith Developers
Lab/Shul
The Legal Aid Society
Mekong NYC
Midtown South Community Council
Mutual Housing Association of NY (MHANY)
My Dog is My Home
National Working Positive Coalition
Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter
Neighbors Together
New Destiny Housing
New York Communities for Change
New York Society for Ethical Culture
New York State Council of Churches
Picture the Homeless
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Safe Horizon
Services for the UnderServed
Sisters of Charity of New York
Society for the Advancement of Judaism
St Ann’s Church of Morrisania
Strong Families Deliverance Ministries Inc.
Tenants & Neighbors
Tenants Political Action Committee
University Settlement and The Door
Urban Pathways
VOCAL NY
WE ACT For Environmental Justice
Win

59 Endorsers as of October 18, 2018

Read Our April 23rd Letter to Mayor de Blasio

Endorsing Elected Officials: 

Council Member Stephen Levin (Chair, Committee on General Welfare)
Public Advocate Letitia James
Comptroller Scott M. Stringer
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz
Council Member Ben Kallos (Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus)
Council Member Keith Powers (Vice Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus)
Council Member Carlos Menchaca (Vice Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus)
Council Member Adrienne Adams
Council Member Alicka Ampry-Samuel
Council Member Diana Ayala
Council Member Inez Barron
Council Member Fernando Cabrera
Council Member Margaret Chin
Council Member Andrew Cohen
Council Member Costa Constantinides
Council Member Robert Cornegy
Council Member Rafael Espinal
Council Member Mathieu Eugene
Council Member Vanessa Gibson
Council Member Barry Grodenchik
Council Member Peter Koo
Council Member Brad Lander
Council Member Mark Levine
Council Member I. Daneek Miller
Council Member Francisco Moya
Council Member Bill Perkins
Council Member Antonio Reynoso
Council Member Donovan J. Richards
Council Member Carlina Rivera
Council Member Helen Rosenthal
Council Member Rafael Salamanca
Council Member Ritchie Torres
Council Member Mark Treyger
Council Member James Van Bramer
Council Member Jumaane Williams

38 Endorsers as of June 21, 2018

Read Their June 21st Letter to Mayor de Blasio

 

About

About House Our Future NY

New York City is in the midst of the worst homelessness crisis since the Great Depression, with nearly 62,000 people – including more than 22,000 children – sleeping in shelters each night. In order to match the unprecedented need, the City must employ every available affordable housing resource. Mayor de Blasio must align his historic Housing New York plan with the reality of record homelessness by immediately increasing the total number of housing units created for homeless households to 30,000 – 10 percent of his overall 300,000-unit plan.

House Our Future NY is an advocacy campaign formed by the Coalition for the Homeless and 58 partner organizations (and counting!), as well as homeless men, women, and children and other caring New Yorkers. We are asking Mayor de Blasio for 30,000 new units of affordable, permanent housing for homeless New Yorkers by 2026, with 24,000 of these units to be created through new construction.

Please sign our petition to Mayor de Blasio. Organizations can join the campaign here.

Download the report: “Moment of Truth: Bringing Production of Affordable Housing for Homeless Households in de Blasio’s Housing Plan to Scale.”

Follow @HouseOurFuture on Twitter for the latest developments.

Events

Upcoming Advocacy Events

October 24, 2018: March to Gracie Mansion

Poster for the March to Gracie Mansion on October 24th
Download the Flyer

Descarga el folleto

 

 

PAST EVENTS:
Flyer of NY Kids Need Housing March on June 7th

News

News

Why I Confronted The Mayor, And What Homeless New Yorkers Should Demand From His Housing Plan

Thursday, October 18, 2018 By Nathylin Flowers Adegunsun, New York Daily News

The video of the YMCA confrontation spread all over the internet. In response, the mayor dug his heels in. He refused to commit more housing for homeless people in his city and he criticized me for trying to talk to him at the gym....Read more

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson Today Called for an Increase in the Number of Subsidized Housing Units Set Aside for Homeless People

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 By Rosa Goldensohn, PoliticoPro

“There’s no way to fully predict this, but I think that if we don’t do this, if we don’t increase the set-aside, we’re likely not going to get out of this shelter population plateau for potentially years.”...Read more

Mayor Still Shunning Homeless Woman After Gym Confrontation

Monday, October 15, 2018 By Kathleen Culliton, Park Slope Patch

"He did not want to talk to me today," said 72-year-old Nathylin Flowers Adesegun. "Here we are, still no mayor."...Read more

Homeless Advocates Get Sitdown With Housing Officials

Monday, October 15, 2018 By Katie Honan, The Wall Street Journal

Mr. de Blasio didn’t attend, but the group met with senior city officials from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Department of Social Services and the mayor’s office. “They did a lot of listening, but they told us they couldn’t commit to anything in the meeting,” she said....Read more

Woman Who Confronted de Blasio at Gym Not Satisfied with Mayoral Aide Meeting

Monday, October 15, 2018 By Rich Calder, NY Post

Mayor Bill de Blasio was a no-show at a City Hall meeting with a homeless woman who confronted him earlier at the Park Slope Y, so she says she’s going to stake him out again, this time at Gracie Mansion....Read more

New York Mayor de Blasio Puts Off Homeless Advocate: 'I'm in the Middle of a Workout'

Sunday, October 7, 2018 By Azure Gilman, ABC News

“We’ve asked the mayor … 'Will you do this? Will you dedicate 10 percent?' And he’s flat out said no,” said Giselle Routhier, policy director for the Coalition for the Homeless told ABC News. “What we’re really trying to highlight here is this goes against this progressive values. He’s failed on this.”...Read more

NYC Mayor Brushes Off Homeless Woman Who Confronted Him About Housing During Workout

Saturday, October 6, 2018 By NBC 4 New York, NBC 4 New York

Bill de Blasio was caught on camera brushing off a homeless woman who confronted him at a Brooklyn gym and interrupted his stretching routine to demand housing reform....Read more

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Dismisses Homeless Activist: I’m ‘Doing My Workout’

Saturday, October 6, 2018 By Hilary Hanson, HuffPost

The incident has garnered coverage from local and national media and led to criticism from advocates....Read more

De Blasio Rebuffs Question on Homelessness: ‘I’m in the Middle of a Workout’

Saturday, October 6, 2018 By Jeffery C. Mays, The New York Times

“Out of 300,000 units in your affordable housing program, only 5 percent will go to the homeless: Can you look me in the eye and tell me why?” Ms. Adesegun asks as Mr. de Blasio tries to cut her off....Read more

Homeless Advocate Confronts Mayor de Blasio During his Workout

Friday, October 5, 2018 By Diana Rocco, Pix11 News

“Can you look me in the eye and tell me why,” the woman asked him. Then a second woman who was recording the encounter shouts, “why can't you commit more housing for homeless New Yorkers Mayor de Blasio? Five percent, five percent isn't adequate. We need more housing for homeless New Yorkers."...Read more

'I'm Doing My Workout,' Mayor Tells Homeless Woman Seeking Help

Friday, October 5, 2018 By Kathleen Culliton, Park Slope Patch

"I'm doing my workout," video shows de Blasio telling the 72-year-old woman before he stands up and walks away. "I can't do this now."...Read more

Today's Read: de Blasio has no Comprehensive Plan to Rehouse the Homeless

Friday, October 5, 2018 By Jacquelyn Simone, Coalition for the Homeless

Paulette Soltani from VOCAL-NY, which is among the 58 House Our Future NY endorsers, wrote about the urgent need for Mayor de Blasio to change course in an op-ed for City Limits....Read more

Homeless Activists Confront Mayor During His Morning Workout

Friday, October 5, 2018 By Pamela Wong, Bklyner

“I shook the Mayor’s hand this morning, and asked why he wouldn’t do more to help homeless New Yorkers like myself,” Adesegun said in a statement following the rally. “I am 72 years old and have been homeless for three years, but he made it clear that his morning workout was more important to him.”...Read more

CityViews: De Blasio Has No Comprehensive Plan to Rehouse the Homeless

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 By Paulette Soltani, CityLimits

But the mayor is not claiming that any of these efforts will rehouse 61,000 people. That would be deceitful. What he’s telling us instead, unabashedly, is that he has no real plan to put people back in homes and that doing so is not his priority....Read more

Ask the Mayor: School Bus Fiasco, District 15, Post Primary Politics

Friday, September 21, 2018 By The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners. Paulette from Brooklyn asks the Mayor to commit 10% of the units in his affordable housing plan to homeless New Yorkers, with 24,000 of those units to be created through new construction....Read more

Single Adults in Homeless Shelters Are on the Rise

Thursday, September 20, 2018 By Brendan Cheney, Politico

The Coalition for the Homeless criticized the fact that the number of [subsidized housing] units for homeless people decreased to 2,318 in fiscal year 2018, down 12 percent from the year before, though it is the second most since 2014....Read more

Cost of Housing Homeless in Shelters Keeps Rising in New York City

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 By Katie Honan, The Wall Street Journal

Giselle Routhier, policy director at Coalition for the Homeless, said the shelter population hasn’t decreased that much because there are so few permanent housing options in the city: "There’s not enough units to meet that need."...Read more

CityViews: De Blasio Can Fulfill his Progressive Promise by Retooling his Housing Plan

Monday, September 17, 2018 By Joel Berg and Giselle Routhier, City Limits

In many of the nation’s big cities, hunger and homelessness remain rampant. But given that de Blasio is enacting so many progressive policies to combat poverty, why are these problems still pervasive here?...Read more

When I Was Homeless: How It Scarred Me, and What the City Must Do to Help More People Lift Themselves Out

Saturday, August 11, 2018 By M.A. Dennis, New York Daily News

What frustrates me even more is that New York is spending billions of dollars on an “affordable housing” plan that will do nothing to alleviate the suffering of homeless men and women....Read more

New York City’s Affordable Housing Push Leaves Out Key Group – Homeless Individuals and Families

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 By Giselle Routhier, NYN Media

De Blasio is settling for half-measures, failing to use the most important tool in his toolbox: actually building homes for homeless people....Read more

Homelessness is a Housing Problem

Sunday, August 5, 2018 By Ben Adler, City & State New York

"The fundamental reason for homelessness is a lack of affordable housing. The mayor’s housing plan doesn’t match the scale of the homelessness problem,” said Shelly Nortz, deputy executive director for policy at Coalition for the Homeless. ...Read more

Ask the Mayor: Rezoning, Public Housing, Marijuana, For-Hire Vehicles

Friday, August 3, 2018 By The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners. Dennis from Staten Island asks the Mayor to commit 10% of the units in his affordable housing plan to homeless New Yorkers, with 24,000 of those units to be created through new construction....Read more

Today’s Listen: How the House Our Future NY Campaign Can Help Address Homelessness

Monday, July 23, 2018 By Jacquelyn Simone, Coalition for the Homeless

Giselle Routhier spoke with Joel Berg and Jeff Simmons on their WBAI radio show City Watch. The interview contextualized how past policy failures and the loss of affordable housing have contributed to record homelessness, and highlighted the urgency underlying the House Our Future NY campaign. ...Read more

One to One: Giselle Routhier

Monday, June 25, 2018 By Sheryl McCarthy, CUNY TV

Why has the homeless population mushroomed, and in a city where property values and rents are so high, and are steadily rising, can the homeless problem ever be solved? Our guest is Giselle Routhier, policy director at the Coalition for the Homeless. She says New York needs to embrace bolder solutions to address this problem....Read more

Advocates Rally for the Homeless

Thursday, June 21, 2018 By Tyvan Burns, Amsterdam News

A week before the Day of Action, on June 7, more than 100 children, including many from New York City homeless shelters, joined the Coalition for the Homeless and other advocates in marching to City Hall, using pictures of homes and Lego houses to “demand that the city dedicate 30,000 units of its Housing New York 2.0 plan to homeless households, including 24,000 units created through new construction.”...Read more

Today’s Read: City Officials Urge Mayor to Increase Housing for Homeless

Thursday, June 21, 2018 By Jacquelyn Simone, Coalition for the Homeless

The House Our Future NY campaign has garnered endorsements from 57 organizations, many of which sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio on April 23rd. Now, a group of 32 Council Members, 4 Borough Presidents, the Public Advocate, and the Comptroller have echoed this request in a new letter asking the Mayor to set aside 10 percent of his housing plan, or 30,000 units of permanent housing, for homeless New Yorkers....Read more

City Officials Urge Mayor to Increase Housing for Homeless

Thursday, June 21, 2018 By Sam Raskin, Politico NY

A slew of New York City elected officials have signed on to a letter urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to step up his commitment to combating homelessness by doubling the amount of units apportioned to the city's homeless population....Read more

With Toy Houses in Hand, Children March and Call on Mayor to Build More Housing for Homeless Kids and Families

Thursday, June 7, 2018 By Press Release, Coalition for the Homeless

More than one hundred children, including dozens from New York City homeless shelters, joined the Coalition for the Homeless and other advocates in marching to City Hall today, using pictures of homes and Lego houses to demand that the City dedicate 30,000 units of its Housing New York 2.0 plan to homeless households, including 24,000 units created through new construction....Read more

The Latest from Human Services Council...NYC Contracts...Coalition for the Homeless

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 By Zach Williams, NYNMedia

The Coalition for the Homeless and more than 40 other groups have sent a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, calling on him to dedicate 30,000 units – some 10 percent – of his housing plan to homeless New Yorkers. ...Read more

Today's Read: Advocates Call for More Homeless Housing Units in de Blasio’s Housing Plan

Thursday, April 26, 2018 By Jacqueline Simone, Coalition for the Homeless

On Monday, the Coalition for the Homeless and a group of 43 organizations sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio calling on him to dedicate 30,000 units of his Housing New York 2.0 plan to homeless New Yorkers, or 10 percent of the total 300,000-unit plan....Read more

Broad Coalition Calls for 30,000 Homes for Homeless New Yorkers as Part of Mayor’s Housing Plan

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 By Press Release, Coalition for the Homeless

In current plan, just 5% of housing units targeted to homeless, as shelter population remains near record highs...Read more

State of the Homeless 2018: Fate of a Generation

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 By Giselle Routhier, Coalition for the Homeless

How the City and State Can Tackle Homelessness by Bringing Housing Investment to Scale ...Read more

Max & Murphy: Top Homeless Advocate on Shelter Numbers, De Blasio’s Agenda, Cuomo’s Record

Monday, March 5, 2018 By Jarrett Murphy, CityLimits.org

Coalition for the Homeless Policy Director Giselle Routhier visited the Max & Murphy podcast for a wide-ranging conversation on the policies needed to effectively combat record homelessness....Read more

Moment of Truth: Bringing Production of Affordable Housing for Homeless Households in de Blasio’s Housing Plan to Scale

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 By Giselle Routhier, Coalition for the Homeless

Voices

Voices

Felix

By Felix, Coalition for the Homeless CAG

"I don't want to be a statistic forever. I am homeless but not hopeless."...Read more

Charisma

By Charisma, Urban Pathways

"This [affordable housing] will help me be a stable, productive member of the community"...Read more

Michael

By Michael, Coalition for the Homeless CAG

"Housing is needed for people with seriously low incomes."...Read more

Stephen

By Stephen, Urban Pathways

"[Getting affordable housing] is a blessing not only to me, but to the communities of families that have nothing at all and now have a home to call their own."...Read more

K.J.

By K.J., Coalition for the Homeless CAG

"A permanent home would mean peace of mind and serenity."...Read more

Dennis

By Dennis, Coalition for the Homeless CAG

"Permanent housing has given me the mindset, as well as the actual opportunity, to do better and be better."...Read more

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Add Your Organization to the Campaign

The Coalition for the Homeless recently launched House Our Future NY to call on Mayor de Blasio to increase the number of permanent affordable housing units set aside for homeless New Yorkers, and we would like to invite your organization to join our campaign.

Currently, only 15,000 units of the Mayor’s 300,000-unit Housing NY 2.0 plan are set aside for homeless families and individuals, despite record homelessness in New York City. We are urging the Mayor to immediately direct his housing development agencies to increase the total number of housing units for homeless households to 30,000, with 24,000 of these units financed and created as new construction. We officially launched this campaign with the release of a policy brief in January, and reiterated the request in our annual State of the Homeless report in March.

In order to amplify this critical housing goal, we want to include our allies: organizations serving homeless families, single adults, people with disabilities, domestic violence survivors, and runaway and homeless youth. We are soliciting organizational partners to sign on to the campaign and help with organizing grassroots support for our future multi-pronged advocacy efforts including rallies and other public actions.

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Endorsing Organizations: 

The Ali Forney Center
Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health
Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, Inc.
Barrier Free Living
Broadway Housing Communities
Bronx Health & Housing Consortium
Care for the Homeless
Citizens’ Committee for Children
Coalition for Homeless Youth
Coalition for the Homeless
College and Community Fellowship
The Collegiate Churches of New York
Community Access
Community Service Society
Comunilife
Covenant House New York
Emergency Shelter Network
Encore Community Services
Gateway Housing
GEMS
Harm Reduction Coalition
Henry Street Settlement
Homeless Services United
Hope’s Door
Housing Conservation Coordinators
Housing Works
Human.nyc
Hunger Action Network of NYS
Hunger Free America
Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing
Kingdom Faith Developers
Lab/Shul
The Legal Aid Society
Mekong NYC
Midtown South Community Council
Mutual Housing Association of NY (MHANY)
My Dog is My Home
National Working Positive Coalition
Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter
Neighbors Together
New Destiny Housing
New York Communities for Change
New York Society for Ethical Culture
New York State Council of Churches
Picture the Homeless
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Safe Horizon
Services for the UnderServed
Sisters of Charity of New York
Society for the Advancement of Judaism
St Ann’s Church of Morrisania
Strong Families Deliverance Ministries Inc.
Tenants & Neighbors
Tenants Political Action Committee
University Settlement and The Door
Urban Pathways
VOCAL NY
WE ACT For Environmental Justice
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59 Endorsers as of October 18, 2018

Read Our April 23rd Letter to Mayor de Blasio

Endorsing Elected Officials: 

Council Member Stephen Levin (Chair, Committee on General Welfare)
Public Advocate Letitia James
Comptroller Scott M. Stringer
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz
Council Member Ben Kallos (Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus)
Council Member Keith Powers (Vice Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus)
Council Member Carlos Menchaca (Vice Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus)
Council Member Adrienne Adams
Council Member Alicka Ampry-Samuel
Council Member Diana Ayala
Council Member Inez Barron
Council Member Fernando Cabrera
Council Member Margaret Chin
Council Member Andrew Cohen
Council Member Costa Constantinides
Council Member Robert Cornegy
Council Member Rafael Espinal
Council Member Mathieu Eugene
Council Member Vanessa Gibson
Council Member Barry Grodenchik
Council Member Peter Koo
Council Member Brad Lander
Council Member Mark Levine
Council Member I. Daneek Miller
Council Member Francisco Moya
Council Member Bill Perkins
Council Member Antonio Reynoso
Council Member Donovan J. Richards
Council Member Carlina Rivera
Council Member Helen Rosenthal
Council Member Rafael Salamanca
Council Member Ritchie Torres
Council Member Mark Treyger
Council Member James Van Bramer
Council Member Jumaane Williams

38 Endorsers as of June 21, 2018

Read Their June 21st Letter to Mayor de Blasio

 

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An advocacy campaign to call on Mayor de Blasio to increase the number of
permanent affordable housing units set aside for homeless New Yorkers