Housing advocates argue that Mayor Eric Adams plans to spend $22 billion over the next decade to preserve and build affordable housing in New York City falls far short of what he promised last year during his mayoral campaign.
State lawmakers are expected to decide by midnight tonight whether to spend $250 million to create a rent assistance program backed by both landlords and tenant advocates, but opposed by fiscal conservatives.
At a time when the discourse about how to address serious mental illness has circled back to upping hospital beds, court-mandated treatment and nudging homeless people out of the subway system, clubhouses represent a completely different approach.
“Without that missing piece of where people will go, I do think that this plan will not be successful and we'll see more people pushed from one subway line to another, or from the subways to the streets, where they're exposed to the elements,” one advocate says.
The New York City Council voted last year to expand the city’s housing voucher system for New Yorkers experiencing homeless. But advocates, landlords, and voucher recipients say bureaucratic mishaps in the program are keeping people stuck in shelters longer than necessary.
Last year, the City Council passed legislation raising the city’s rental-assistance program to more closely match market rates. But housing advocates say a new rule issued by the city is preventing people from getting apartments.