Katz backs Hevesi’s rent subsidy support

Borough President Melinda Katz has joined a growing coalition of advocates in calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to support the Home Stability Support program introduced by Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), and urge its inclusion in the state budget ahead of the April 1 deadline. The measure would create a new rental subsidy for families facing homelessness due to eviction or domestic violence. Read more…


 
 

Mayor's rent and eviction policies are pure politics

oor and low-income tenants need sound policies that provide permanent relief. But de Blasio inexplicably remains silent on Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi's widely praised subsidy proposal, Home Stability Support, which would address the city's record homelessness by providing a federally and state-funded rent supplement for tenants eligible for public assistance and facing homelessness or eviction. Read more…


 
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Faith leaders call on NY to help people pay the rent

It’s always nice, however, when clergy can support public policy which meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our congregations while garnering bi-partisan support. The Home Stability Support program, thoughtfully conceived by Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, is one of those rare opportunitieswhen we can reach across the aisle to make a difference. 95 faith leaders across our state recently signed a letter supporting HSS. 
 
More specifically, the HSS Program will provide funds to help people bridge the gap between the small subsidy that is offered by the State Government and the actual cost of rent in a particular region. The theory behind HSS is that it is far less expensive to keep people in their homes than have people endup in homeless shelters. The genius of HSS is that it is tailored to what housing actually costs in every part of the state. HSS provides for more straightforward way to secure these funds. Read more…


 
 

Albany challenges Mayor's shelter plan

Klein said he prefers an alternative plan created by Assembly Member Andrew Hevesi (D–Forest Hills) to create a “rent subsidy program” and give people the choice to live in their own homes. Klein said his group of Democrats, along with Assembly Democrats, have included Hevesi’s Home Stability Support program, and are trying to get funding for it. Read more…


 
 

Caucus Lawmakers Boost Home Stability Support Proposal

A plan that would existing state rent support for a new rental supplement with the goal of bridging the gap in subsidies and fair market rents is being backed by the members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, according to a letter sent on Wednesday to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In the letter, lawmakers urge funding for the program be approved. Read more…


 
 

UFT Backs Home Stability Support Plan

“There are more than 150,000 homeless children in New York State, children whose learning is at great risk,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew. “Home Stability Support is a way forward for the state to help ensure that every child has a stable home. We’re proud to stand with Assembly Member Hevesi and Senator Klein in supporting this initiative.”

The proposal, backed in the Assembly’s one-house budget resolution, would be phased in over the next five years, including $40 million in the first year. The money would be used to provide subsidies to rental costs up to 85 percent of fair market rent. Read more…