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Governor Cuomo Announces NY/NY IV Agreement

Common Ground was honored to join Governor Andrew Cuomo this weekend as he outlined ten points to combat poverty and fight inequality, key economic proposals that will be included in tomorrow’s State of the State address. The Governor announced investments of more than $486 million in housing for vulnerable New Yorkers, an additional $220 million in homeless services, and $183 million to support the NY/NY IV housing program to create 5,000 new supportive housing units.

We applaud the Governor for these critical efforts to advance the economic security and opportunities for New Yorkers in need. We’re particularly heartened by his commitments to again champion time-proven and cost-effective strategies for addressing homelessness through enhanced affordable and supportive housing initiatives across New York State. Common Ground was founded in 1990 to promote these same housing strategies. Our agency started when former Governor Mario Cuomo enacted the very first NY/NY agreement, making an array of affordable housing initiatives central to how government can both improve the lives of underserved individuals and communities as a whole. During these past 25 years, this commitment of New York State and City has been pivotal to Common Ground’s record of helping more than 7,000 individuals escape homelessness.

Governor Cuomo’s plan will continue crucially important public policies to ensure that low-income and homeless individuals will have access to stable, affordable homes – an investment that will achieve long-term public cost savings for all New Yorkers while strengthening our neighborhoods.