From Rochester to Buffalo to Binghamton to NYC, the Upstate/Downstate Housing Alliance is building the power of tenants and homeless New Yorkers to hold Governor Cuomo accountable to the housing crisis in New York State.

We demand that he protect tenants' rights, and end investment in homelessness, and disinvestment from public housing.

The governor has had seven years to enact a housing agenda for the state.

Seven legislative sessions and state budgets to address a humanitarian crisis that has grown exponentially under his watch.

The results of Cuomo’s agenda are clear, and they have been devastating for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers. Displacement pressures have spread to every corner of the state. Homelessness is at record levels statewide: it has risen an unconscionable 41% since Cuomo first took office in 2011. Public housing authorities and code enforcement agencies remain woefully underfunded as the housing stock available to low-income tenants has crumbled.

On every housing issue across the state, the Cuomo administration has consistently aligned with big-money real estate interests rather than with low- and moderate-income tenants.  Communities of color have been particularly hard-hit by the displacement and loss of housing that Cuomo’s policies have encouraged.

The Housing Justice for All campaign will mobilize tenants and low-income New Yorkers from across the state to hold Cuomo accountable on housing issues in 2018, when Cuomo is up for reelection

Tenants are a vital voting block in Democratic primaries, but also don’t vote as a block in primary elections. In 2014, Cuomo won his primary and general elections with the support of rent-regulated and public housing tenants in New York City and tenants in the other big cities across the state; both elections were closer than anticipated, and Cuomo’s support with this constituency was vital in securing his victories.

We're going to knock on doors, hold town hall events, and get the word out about our campaign to identify leaders on housing issues and strategize on bringing those issues to Cuomo’s doorstep.

On January 3, 2018

we took to the streets in Albany to demand that Governor Cuomo address his housing crisis in the state of New York.