In his 2015 State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled an “Opportunity Agenda” that called for investing nearly $500 million into housing for people in need. According to Governor Cuomo’s office, almost 3 million households in New York put more than 30 percent of their income toward housing costs and are financially insecure in their residences.
About half of the Opportunity Budget’s investment in housing will go toward continuing House NY, a $1 billion, five-year program to build and conserve more than 14,000 housing units across the state. The rest of the funding will be allocated for neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing, and community renewal activities and other housing programs.
In response to Governor Cuomo’s announcement, NYSARC Executive Director Steven Kroll said the organization hopes that the governor’s plan also includes funding services and support for people with developmental disabilities whose aging caregivers are struggling to take care of them at home. As details of the budget are released in the coming weeks, NYSARC will begin working with legislators on funding programs that help people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Hallie Greene, a director with Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., serves on the Board of Governors of NYSARC.