Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Phase One of his Homelessness Action Plan across New York.
In his 2016 State of the State Address, Cuomo proposed $10.4 billion dollars to combat homelessness and improve the effectiveness of all 916 shelters in the state.
Phase One will include a request for proposal of 1200 units of supportive housing, provide 500 beds in underused facilities in New York City, create an Interagency Council on Homelessness to brainstorm further solutions, and conduct a full inspection of every shelter in New York State.
The statewide inspection of shelters has already been conducted — and the findings are staggering.
The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance found violations in 97% of the 916 shelters in the state.
These issues involve the health, safety, and quality of life of people inside the shelters.