Proposed Legislation

Council Member Caban’s bill that would prevent HRA from deducting a utility allowance deductions in local rental assistance programs.

A.9130 / S.9513 – increase Basic Needs and Home Energy grant levels for Cash Assistance to keep up with inflation to reflect the cost of basic expenses and utilities more accurately.  

A.9112 – eliminate asset limits & extend earned income disregards for public assistance eligibility to stop forcing households to become more financially unstable before providing help 

A.10510 / S.9416 – grant City and State discretion to extend housing benefits to non-citizens regardless of immigration status to ensconce New York City’s ability to extend CityFHEPS eligibility irrespective of status. 


Deputy Speaker Ayala’s bill to create a comprehensive census to accurately measure homelessness in NYC

A.8900 / S.8632 – increase the Shelter Allowance portion of Cash Assistance up to 100% of the HUD Fair Market Rent (FMR) to enable recipients to be able to afford housing 

A.8061 – increase the personal and special needs allowance for homeless shelter residents 

S.2804-B / A.3701-B – establish the Housing Access Voucher Program (HAVP) to create a statewide Section-8 style rental assistance voucher, which would relieve a patchwork of more limited City and State-funded vouchers while also extending access to parts of the State that have limited or no access to shelter or rent supplements. 

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Homeless Services United is proud to support the following platforms and initiatives

Preventing Homelessness
Whenever Possible


Supporting families impacted
by homelessness

Ensuring access to education for
students experiencing homelessness

Increasing access to permanent housing

Increasing access to Permanent Housing

 NYC Local Law 37 - March 2022 Report 

Additional Resources

We also Recommend the Following Resources | Reports

Defining the Needs of the
Most Frequently Incarcerated

Data Sharing: Why and How Communities
Are Sharing Data to Improve Outcomes
for People Experiencing Homelessness

CDC’s National Center for
Health Statistics data on
Provisional Drug Overdose Deaths

Civil Gideon and NYC’s Universal Access: Why Comprehensive Public Benefits Advocacy is Essential to Preventing Evictions and Creating Stability



Homeless New Yorker's Need a Safe Place
to Recuperate‐ Not the Street

Homeless Crisis: A Monster of our own Making, by Heidi Martson,
Former Head of LAHSA

Coordinated Assessment and Placement System Committee Page.

Homeless New Yorkers Need a Safe Place
to Recuperate‐ Not the Street

NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance - Solutions to End Homelessness Program (STEHP)

HUD Emergency Housing
Voucher Data Dashboard

Inside look: How NYC mobile teams turn homeless outreach into a surrogate family

City Limits Op-Ed
NYC Slow to Issue Thousands
of Once in a Lifetime Rent
Vouchers for Homeless Residents

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) info