According to the DOE, 43 percent of NYC’s students spoke a language other than English during the current school year. The Immigrant Family Communication program, which had been budgeted for only one year, was renewed in the 2023 budget but was not expanded to the $6 million requested by advocates.
Opinion: NYC Communities of Color Face Increased Eviction Filings, Displacement Risk, and Soaring Unaffordable Rents
ANHD’s 2022 Housing Risk Chart highlights the compounding pressures, and risks, to affordable housing in dozens of neighborhoods. Indicators of speculation, gentrification, and displacement pressure are distributed throughout the city and show the necessity of tenant and homeowner counseling and support programs that defend affordability in every neighborhood.
“Coming out of this pandemic, addressing our affordable housing and homeless crisis is something that the mayor should be meeting with some urgency and a major expansion of resources,” said Rachel Fee, executive director of New York Housing Conference.
‘Historically, city agencies have been too siloed and funding for programs too disparate to create meaningful improvements to people’s health. I believe Eric Adams is the mayor to change that.’
Service providers have urged the city to hire more workers to help move people more quickly out of shelter or public spaces and into permanent housing.
The de Blasio administration has proposed an increase in spending for student mental health initiatives, but advocates and council members are pushing for more.
‘Mayor Bill de Blasio’s executive budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, which includes plans to increase funding for school police, tells us that our city’s leaders care more about controlling and arresting students than making sure they feel safe, supported, and cared for in schools.’
‘We can address poverty and public health concerns by providing people the housing, social services and care they actually need—and by divesting from policing and incarceration.’
Opinion: NYC’s Foster Care Mentorship Program, Fair Futures, Saved Me. Now the City Needs to Save Fair Futures.
‘It just isn’t fair for any young person to be denied a fundamental support system in their lives. Youth in care deserve to have this very basic need met, and the city must do its part by baselining $20 million for Fair Futures in the upcoming budget.’
‘My family—and families like mine all over this city—deserve to be able to call for help and actually get it.’