Housing Justice

FACTSHEET – Home Stability Support The New York State Council of Churches strongly supports the Home Stability Support Program. One of the strategies to address homelessness is to take steps to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place. So often people become homeless because they just cannot afford escalating rent with a meager shelter allowance. The Home Stability Support Act pays for the difference between the shelter allowance and the market rate of the rental. To show your support, take action here.

 

March 16 – Seminar at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Manhattan –

7 West 55th Street New York, New York 10019 – From 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

This seminar will consider how to reconcile our progressive ideals about hospitality to the stranger with the concrete reality of siting housing and shelters in our neighborhoods.

Earlier this month, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer hosted a Town Hall meeting about the plans by Westhab, one of New York’s pre-eminent supportive and affordable housing providers,  to open a “Rapid Re-Housing Job Ready Transitional Housing Facility” on West 58th street in Mid-April.  This facility is for 150 working or job-ready men as part of the City’s plan to replace the worst and most expensive of the City’s shelter system with state of the art full service facilities as detailed in “Turning the Tide on Homelessness“.  Many in the audience offered remarks in support of the project, some expressing a desire to make this a “model program” but many others spoke about safety concerns and a potentially negative impact on local businesses and the community’s quality of life.

On Friday, March 16, we will explore strategies and frameworks for addressing the NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) phenomena which is a common occurrence in communities in every part of New York. In addition, in conjunction with the Interfaith Affordable Housing Collaborative, we will explore strategies for faith communities to build their own affordable housing and show how the collaborative can offer technical assistance. We will also offer a brief review of our state and federal budgets to see how they can give higher priority to providing for people’s needs including housing. For more details and to register for the seminar, please click here.

 

Bring It Home Faith Letter 2018 Call for Increased Financial Support of New York’s Mental Health Housing Programs – The “Bring it Home, Better Funding for Better Care” campaign has been asking Governor Cuomo since the beginning of October 2017 for increased financial support of New York’s community-based mental health housing system. We now have to urge the legislature to give housing providers the funding levels they deserve, before the system is no longer viable and our most vulnerable friends, family members, and neighbors are left to suffer. We really need your help with this opportunity to take action. Through this link, you will be able to send a pre-written message to Governor Cuomo, the leaders of the legislature, and your personal representatives, urging them to take action on this important issue THIS budget cycle (FY19).