In response to Governor Hochul’s State of the State, Cea Weaver, Campaign Coordinator for Housing Justice for All, released the following statement:
Rent increases are shattering records. Homelessness is surging. And more and more New Yorkers are losing their homes every day.
Yet in response to a historic housing crisis, Governor Hochul locked out tenants and homeless New Yorkers from the State of the State and proposed a gutless housing plan engineered to appease her wealthy donors while doing nothing to help the people who are hurting most. Instead of investment in public housing, we got handouts for big developers. Instead of vouchers to help more New Yorkers afford homes, we got zoning changes. Instead of real tenant protections like Good Cause, we got more wishing and hoping that the private market will solve everything.
Hochul’s housing plan uses a garden hose to solve a five-alarm fire. Her worn playbook has failed time and again to produce the kind of housing that we need and it does nothing to mitigate the pain that New Yorkers are facing now.
To truly solve the housing crisis, we need robust protections from rent hikes and evictions, deep investment in rental assistance, and a commitment to social housing that’s free from market forces. Tenants and homeless New Yorkers have the solutions and we’ve brought our demands to Governor Hochul’s doorstep. It’s time for the Governor to listen to us instead of shutting us out and doing the bidding of rich real estate donors yet again.