Lucy Newman At NYC Council Press Conference Calling For More Apartments For The Homeless
TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014

Lucy Newman, Staff Attorney in the Civil Law Reform Unit, appeared at a New York City Council press conference, calling on NYCHA to allocate apartments to homeless families living in shelters.

The statement of The Legal Aid Society:

At a time of record homelessness, NYCHA should be using all of its available resources to help DHS meet its obligations to shelter families by providing permanent housing assistance to homeless families in shelter. In the first term of the Bloomberg administration, NYCHA allocated thousands of federal subsidies to homeless families, so we know NYCHA can do it. Currently, NYCHA allocates 2500 apartments a year for households who are working but who have no demonstrated need for housing, arguably the least needy families on NYCHA's wait list. We urge NYCHA to immediately eliminate the "working preference" and allocate 2500 apartments a year for homeless families thereby ensuring that New York's most vulnerable residents have access to stable, affordable housing.