NYC Announces $2.6 Billion Investment to Fight Homelessness

NEW YORK  (AP) -

Mayor Bill de Blasio is announcing a key component of his plan to fight New York City’s homelessness crisis.

De Blasio said Wednesday that the city would invest $2.6 billion to create 15,000 housing units over the next 15 years.

Those “supportive housing” units would be paired with on-site social services to help domestic abuse victims, veterans and those living on the street.

De Blasio made a point to say the city was acting alone and “not waiting” on help from the state government.

Negotiations had taken place between the city and state to split the responsibility for funding 12,000 units of housing.

But the city will now fund the entire expansion.

Homelessness is a growing problem in New York and has taken a toll on De Blasio’s poll numbers.