“For mixed-status households, where at least one member of the family is not a U.S. citizen or eligible immigrant, it can be difficult—if not impossible—to access sufficient housing support.”
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“Without Hochul’s swift action, New York State honeybee colonies will continue to log record losses, and 40-60 percent of the state’s native bees and other pollinators will remain at risk of disappearing.”
Citing the impact of climate change, Harlem State Sen. Cordell Cleare is pursuing legislation would make more New Yorkers eligible for the state-run Cooling Assistance Benefit, eliminating a requirement that applicants prove they have a medical condition. “An air conditioner is not a luxury anymore,” she said.
Bills aimed at helping rent stabilized tenants dig deeper into their rent histories to challenge suspicious increases sailed through the State Assembly, capping off an anticlimactic year for housing policy in Albany. One bill also amends rent regulation rules, limiting how much landlords can charge when they combine, or “frankenstein” apartments.
La administración del alcalde Eric Adams se ha embarcado en una estrategia de descompresión para liberar espacio en los refugios locales de la ciudad enviando inmigrantes a otros condados y ciudades del estado de Nueva York. En Albany, donde más de 230 inmigrantes fueron reubicados en las últimas semanas, las organizaciones comunitarias dicen que ya están al límite.
The state legislature—which officially ended its session last week, though the Assembly is expected to return briefly before the end of the month—has so far failed to pass major legislation that advocates say would have a direct impact on the state’s growing immigrant communities.
“We’re at a point where the state needs to begin adopting policies at breakneck speed to meet our climate law mandates,” said Liz Moran, New York policy advocate for Earthjustice. “So far we are headed in the right direction, but there’s still much more to do and we’re looking forward to seeing some of that leadership from the governor.”
Mayor Eric Adams’ administration has embarked on a decompression strategy to free up space in the city’s local shelters by sending immigrants to other New York State localities. In Albany, where more than 230 migrants were relocated in recent weeks, community-based organizations say they are already stretched thin.
El objetivo de la Autoridad de Vivienda de la ciudad de Nueva York (NYCHA por sus siglas en inglés) es que la entrega de los apartamentos se produzca en 30 días. Sin embargo, en abril, NYCHA tardó una media de 410 días en volver a ocupar un apartamento desocupado, lo que supone un aumento significativo desde principios de año, y más del doble que hace un año.
On Wednesday afternoon, two buses carrying more than 60 people from city shelter left for the Ramada Inn in Albany, where officials say they’re also nearing capacity. Those who opted to leave include asylum seekers who’d spent weeks in one of the city’s respite centers, where services are limited and future placements are uncertain.