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NYC Council Speaker, Advocates Call on Albany to Invest New Funding for Public Housing

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Councilwoman Alicka Ampry-Samuel, and housing advocates from across the state convened outside of City Hall to demand that Governor Cuomo invest new funding for public housing in his Executive Budget, according to the New York Daily News.

Specifically, the new proposal calls for $2 billion for NYCHA, $1 billion for other public housing in the state and for $500 million in vouchers for those facing homelessness. The group’s also demanding Cuomo fulfill his 2016 pledge to create 20,000 units of “supportive” housing.

“We’re not there to ask Albany to give us money. We’re there to demand the money we need for public housing. The state of New York built public housing, state public housing, and then orphaned it” said Judith Goldiner of the Legal Aid Society’s Civil Law Reform Unit.