Municipal Government

NYC Provides Apartments for Homeless Vets

December 28, 2016 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY – Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that 16 formerly homeless veterans have moved into 16 units of affordable housing just in time for the holidays.

Members of the community lined the streets to greet the veterans holding welcome signs while also spreading some holiday cheer.

“Formerly, 16 homeless veterans who have dedicated their lives to serving our nation have received a home just in time for the holidays,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Our veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice in life should not be living on the streets or in shelters, which is why we’ve made it our mission to do the proper outreach to ensure veterans get the services they deserve.”

The 16 apartments being provided to veterans represent two of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s top priorities: to preserve or develop 200,000 units of affordable housing for New Yorkers and to effectively end veteran homelessness in the City. The City has already ended chronic veteran homelessness, an effort recognized by President Barack Obama last December.

Since Mayor de Blasio’s 2015 State of the City commitment to effectively end veteran homelessness in the City, the Administration and its partners have housed 2,533 homeless veterans, a 64 percent reduction in veteran homelessness. In addition, the City had reduced veteran homelessness by nearly 90 percent in the past five years. The national average is 47 percent during this time period.

The new, 176-unit building, located at 655 Morris Avenue, was financed by HPD, HDC and Bank of America, but to make a project like this work it also needs subsidies. To that end, the veterans are coming in with a combination of City and Federal rent subsidies, household donations and furniture allowances from both the City and private donors. As with all homeless veterans in the City, each veteran moving in today had the support of a DVS Veteran Peer Coordinator or shelter case manager as well as countless people behind the scenes at DSS, NYCHA, HPD, VA, DVS and the shelter provider, Institute for Community Living.

The 16 apartments being provided to veterans represent two of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s top priorities: to preserve or develop 200,000 units of affordable housing for New Yorkers and to effectively end veteran homelessness in the City. The City has already ended chronic veteran homelessness, an effort recognized by President Barack Obama last December.

Since Mayor de Blasio’s 2015 State of the City commitment to effectively end veteran homelessness in the City, the Administration and its partners have housed 2,533 homeless veterans, a 64 percent reduction in veteran homelessness. In addition, the City had reduced veteran homelessness by nearly 90 percent in the past five years. The national average is 47 percent during this time period.

“With warm, safe, beautiful and affordable new homes, these veterans and their families can celebrate the holidays with the peace of mind that stability offers and plan for a truly prosperous new year,” said Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Richard Buery, who oversees the Department of Veterans’ Services. “I commend the Department of Veterans’ Services and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development for providing this essential service and for making monumental progress in curbing veteran homelessness this year.”

December 27, 2016

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