NYC Public Advocate's Statement On Council Vote To Expand City Housing Vouchers

May 25th, 2023

Press Release

"Expanding access to CityFHEPS housing vouchers is a necessary step in addressing our city’s mounting homelessness crisis, so I applaud the Council for passing bills that will fundamentally transform the voucher program, ensuring that more people can quickly access this critical resource and secure affordable, income targeted housing. As hundreds of new New Yorkers arrive daily to our city, this legislative package will help alleviate our overcrowded shelter system and provide relief to those experiencing homelessness or those being faced with housing insecurity. It's fiscally prudent and morally necessary. I urge Albany to now build on this progress by enacting the The Housing Access Voucher Program, which would further help move people out of temporary shelters and into permanent homes, regardless of immigration status.

"I congratulate Council Members Ayala, Sanchez, Caban, the City Council and Speaker, and all of the dedicated advocates who have worked for years to finally pass these critically important bills.”

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