WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently announced $4,842,051 in federal funding allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The COVID-19 health and economic crisis has put 30-40 million people at risk of eviction. This federal funding will provide direct financial assistance for at-risk tenants to prevent homelessness in New York’s communities. Specifically, this funding will provide support and assistance to youth experiencing homelessness or who are in the child welfare system, ensure families living in Section 8 housing are protected from displacement due to repairs of housing units, and provide support for individuals with disabilities living in independent housing.
“Every New Yorker deserves a safe and secure place to call home and this federal investment gets us one step closer to that goal,” said Senator Schumer. “New York faces a cresting second wave of COVID and we need to do all we can to support affordable housing for our most vulnerable residents, especially the disabled and at-risk youth. As we ask people to stay home and socially distance, access to safe and reliable housing will determine whether or not New York can avoid the sort of tragedy we saw earlier this year. I will always fight tooth and nail for resources that keep New Yorkers safe, especially during these challenging times.”
“The COVID-19 crisis has left many New Yorkers in dire housing and economic situations,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This HUD funding will help address housing and economic insecurity that has been exposed and severely exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Without this federal assistance, New Yorkers facing homelessness and eviction, including older New Yorkers, individuals with disabilities, families, and young people, will not have access to safe and secure housing this winter. As our nation continues to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to care for our communities and work to provide safe housing for those in need.”