CCC held a policy briefing to examine Housing New York, the Mayor’s new affordable housing plan, and discuss this multi-pronged approach to reducing family homelessness.
NYC is currently experiencing record levels of family homelessness, with over 11,000 families, including over 23,000 children, living in the city’s shelter system each night. Data on the experiences of homeless children paint a disturbing picture regarding the well-being of children who sleep in shelter. For example, homelessness creates risks to their physical and emotional well-being, as well as their educational success.
CCC’s Policy Briefing, Homeless Families and the Affordable Housing Plan, looked at the Mayor’s strategies outlined in Housing New York to increase affordable housing and reduce the number of families and children living in shelter, including:
The Mayor’s strategies to help homeless families and children secure permanent housing;
How non-profit providers and the city will work together to provide affordable housing for homeless families;
The research that demonstrates the importance of stable of housing on a child’s development.
The Panelists included:
Ray Hodges, Director of Housing Development for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development
Elyzabeth Gaumer, Director of Housing Policy Research and Program Evaluation for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development
Claire Harding-Keefe, Senior Vice President of Homeless and Family Services at CAMBA, Inc.