CUOMO'S HOUSING CRISIS: Homelessness and unaffordability in New York State

Across the state, a growing number of low-income tenants are vulnerable to becoming homeless, and Governor Cuomo bears responsibility for their situation. This report from the Housing Justice for All Campaign shows that Cuomo’s failure to deliver stronger protections for tenants and take meaningful action to address homelessness over the past seven years has played a significant role in fueling the current housing crisis impacting many New Yorkers.

Governor Cuomo has an urgent moral obligation to fix this housing crisis. Over half of low income tenants are currently paying more than 50% of their income in rent. If he fails to act, the number of New Yorkers living in shelters will exceed 100,000 by 2020. 

Renters’ Rights are
Women’s Rights

How women are impacted by New York State’s rental housing crisis.

Every night, more than 92,000 people in New York State -- many of whom are women, and many of whom are women of color -- sleep in a shelter. The rise in housing costs, combined with a lack of strong tenant protections, is a primary contributing factor.

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Upstate-Downstate Housing Alliance Reacts to Citizens Budget Commission Report on Rent Regulation.

Open Letter to the NYS Leadership from Upstate Members of the Upstate-Downstate Housing Alliance

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Upstate Downstate Housing Alliance: The Budget Fails 89k Homeless New Yorkers Over Real Estate Power.

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LETTER TO GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO FROM UPSTATE TENANTS AND HOMELESS NEW YORKERS

We are begging, pleading, and crying out for decisive action to address our housing and homeless crisis in our community and in our State.  We are crying out for action that will prevent mass evictions that create homelessness. We are crying out for deeply affordable housing as a pipeline out of homelessness.  

 

URGENT LETTER TO MAJORITY LEADER STEWART-COUSINS AND SPEAKER HEASTIE FROM THE UPSTATE DOWNSTATE HOUSING ALLIANCE AND THE HOUSING JUSTICE FOR ALL CAMPAIGN

We are writing with urgency as session comes to a close and the State legislature is negotiating tenants’ rights in New York. Across the entire State, those who rent their homes are suffering from high rent burdens, unsafe living conditions, and the threat of eviction constantly hanging over their head.

 

letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, and SPeaker Carl Heastie from the Upstate-DownState Housing Alliance

We’ll get right to the point: the landlord lobby and real-estate industry have wielded too much power in state government for way too long. You should take action to change that. For the first time in a decade, Democrats have control over what gets done in Albany.

 

LETTER FROM FAITH LEADERS TO Governor Cuomo, State Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Heastie:

As leaders of faith communities from across the state, we are called to stand with the most vulnerable among us –New Yorkers who can barely afford to live here anymore. From New York City to Rochester and beyond, millions across our state and in our congregations are on the front lines of a massive housing crisis.