Today Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie responded to what homeless New Yorkers and tenants have been saying for years: our state is in crisis and it’s time to end homelessness once and for all.
Public housing across the state is in severe disrepair, yet our state keeps funneling billions in subsidies and tax breaks to corporate landlords and developers.
We are writing with urgency as session comes to a close and the State legislature is negotiating tenants’ rights in New York.
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.
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.
We are begging, pleading, and crying out for decisive action to address our housing and homeless crisis in our community and in our State.