NEW YORK — New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo on Friday urged the New York City Council to support the passage of a bill that would provide more aid to the state’s homeless, in an effort to curb violence and create a safer environment for people in shelters.
Cuomo issued a news release urging the council to pass a bill allowing homeless people in New York to receive $2,000 in welfare and job-training grants annually.
He said the bill is an opportunity for New Yorkers to take a stand on the issue of homelessness and the need to create a safe and welcoming environment for those in shelters and for the people who call them home.
“We must do more to help the homeless, and we must do it with the support of the City Council,” Cuomo said.
“This legislation would give these people and their families the opportunity to have a stable, secure and secure place to live.”
Cuomo is expected to sign the bill in New Jersey on Monday.
The bill, sponsored by Councilman John J. DiClemente Jr. (D-Staten Island), would provide $1,000 for a family of three or more in need of financial assistance, including housing vouchers and food stamps.
The bill would also provide assistance to help people who are temporarily homeless with rent, utilities and health care costs.
In New York, New Yorkers who are homeless have been receiving $2 million a year from the state.
Cuomo said that in addition to providing additional resources, the state should also be able to help families and people living in shelters, who may be unable to afford their rent or other expenses.
Cuomi also announced that he will lead a commission to study the long-term effects of the Oneida Community Housing Project, a project that was implemented by New York State and federal authorities to address homelessness in the county.