NEW YORK – Housing Justice for All, a statewide coalition of more than 80 organizations representing tenants and homeless New Yorkers, released the following statement in response to Governor Hochul’s State of the State, which failed to include any proposals that would alleviate the housing affordability crisis facing New Yorkers.
The statement below can be attributed to Cea Weaver, Campaign Coordinator of Housing Justice for All:
“Skyrocketing rents are driving New York’s affordability crisis – and yet the Governor continues to oppose basic tenant protections against rent hikes and evictions. Governor Hochul’s so-called affordability agenda leaves out renters, who make up half the state. Rather than policies to keep tenants in their homes, Governor Hochul offers little more than enforcing existing laws against voucher discrimination and the same-old incentives for developers to build housing that won’t be affordable to those who need it most. Governor Hochul is clearly more concerned with pleasing her billionaire real estate donors than with keeping New Yorkers in their homes and off the streets.
“Housing affordability is the number one issue facing New York families. Statewide good cause eviction protections, Housing Access Voucher Program, and preserving public housing are the bare minimum to keep New Yorkers from fleeing the state due to high housing costs. In the face of historic homelessness, we need to expand rent stabilization and bring a new social housing development program to New York. Tenants will not settle for gutless compromises with a lobby that fattens its wallets by tearing our neighborhoods apart.”