Cuomo: State proposal plan to provide $158M to combat homelessness

Kimberly Dole
September 01, 2020 - 2:19 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the release of two requests for proposals for programs that would build and support homeless housing across the state. 

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Together, the Homeless Housing and Assistance Program and the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative would make $158 million available for projects that will house New Yorkers experiencing homelessness and provide supportive services aimed at addressing the root causes of housing instability.

This funding continues the work of the Governor's $20 billion, five-year housing plan, which is creating or preserving 100,000 units of affordable housing and has spurred the development of more than 6,600 of supportive housing units across the state.

"For many who experience homelessness, housing insecurity is only a symptom of an even greater underlying problem," Governor Cuomo said. "Projects that address both the shelter and support needs of those experiencing homelessness are at the vanguard of our efforts to ensure all New Yorkers have a safe, stable place to live.

"These programs represent a crucial investment in our communities and to ensuring the most vulnerable among us aren't left to languish on the streets," he added.

The Homeless Housing Assistance Program provides capital grants and loans to not-for-profit corporations, charitable and religious organizations, and municipalities to acquire, construct, or rehabilitate housing for persons who are unable to secure adequate housing without special assistance.

The grants are awarded through a competitive process by the New York State Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation, a public benefit corporation staffed by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).

The Homeless Housing and Assistance Program request for proposals can be found here.

The Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative request for proposals can be found here.