New York Governor Eliot Spitzer signed the Shelter Allowance Bill into law on August 15th to increase the shelter allowance provided to public housing authorities serving families on public assistance. The new law will mean a maximum of approximately $47 million a year in additional dollars for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) by 2010, when it is fully phased in.
"Today's action by the Governor on the Shelter Allowance bill is a major win for the more than 400,000 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents," said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. "This resolves an inequity that paid private landlords a higher shelter allowance than local housing authorities for individuals on public assistance."
NYCHA Chairman Tino Hernandez commended the Governor for signing the bill and thanked its many supporters. "I am deeply grateful to Governor Spitzer for signing the Shelter Allowance bill into law," the Chairman said. "He has made it clear to NYCHA residents that the State is part of the solution to preserve public housing for current and future generations.
"The Governor and his staff listened to the broad coalition of concerned people headed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Assemblyman Vito Lopez and Senator Andrew Lanza, of which included City, State and Federal elected officials, labor partners, housing advocates and residents to solve a funding problem that he inherited. Today's signing is a watershed moment for NYCHA."
August 15, 2007