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At Dayspring Commons, Yonkers sees the power of supportive housing Laura Mascuch and Rich Nightingale 

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23.09.2021

When the House Financial Services Committee announced more than $330 billion in housing investment as part of the budget reconciliation process, Congress sent a loud and clear signal to the millions of Americans struggling with housing insecurity that help is on the way. The proposal is America’s best chance in decades to truly turn the tide in our housing emergency — and to help reverse an accelerating homelessness crisis in New York State.

That’s because the plan includes $37 billion toward the National Housing Trust Fund, which has the distinction of being the only federal program that finances the construction of housing for the very lowest income households with the greatest need. These dollars would create 35,000 new deeply affordable and supportive homes across New York. It is a historic and rare opportunity that we cannot afford to miss or water down in negotiations.

Unfortunately, Westchester County is a case study in the importance of sustained housing funding. Even before the pandemic, more than 40% of rental households in the county spent more than 30% of their income on rent. And the picture only gets........

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