ALBANY, N.Y. -- More than 88,000 New Yorkers are living in homeless shelters across the state. That's a number that advocates say needs to go down, and they're asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to do his part.
Those with 'Vocal New York,' along with other supporters, held a rally at the state capital, demanding more be done. Specifically, they are in support of Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi's Home Stability Support plan. If passed, that would help keep more people in their homes by creating more rental assistance.
"Homelessness isn't just a problem in New York City. This is a problem statewide," said Paulette Soltani, housing campaign coordinator for Vocal New York. "It's rising in every city, so when you talk about how unaffordable our state is, the only thing that can help somebody pay the rent is if you're actually getting assistance to do so, so that's what these programs are for."
Vocal New York held a similar rally at the capital earlier this month.