Housing Access Voucher Program (HAVP)
There is a critical lack of affordable, stable, long-term housing in New York. Currently, there are more than 90,000 New Yorkers without a home and more than 150,000 households at risk of eviction. Housing vouchers are an important tool to combat homelessness, but many New Yorkers are currently not eligible for local or federal rental assistance programs due to their immigration status, lack of income or prior felony convictions.
The HAVP will combat the homelessness crisis and yield significant savings to the state in getting people out of shelters and reducing indirect costs, such as increased health care costs and social services. Vouchers provide stability, which in turn enables people to find work and get settled. The return on investment is significant and could result in millions of dollars in savings for New York State in the long run.
We need to include $250 million in the budget for the NYS Housing Access Voucher Program (S568B/A4021A) to create a flexible, statewide Section 8-like voucher to be used by people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.