Cuomo Announces Plan to Address Homelessness

ALBANY (AP) -

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday unveiled the first steps of a $10 billion plan to address the state’s homelessness crisis.

The Democrat said the first phase includes seeking to open 1,200 supportive housing units for individuals in need of mental health care, workforce training or other specialized services. The state is also working to quickly make more than 500 beds available in New York City.

Other steps include the creation of a new Interagency Council on Homelessness and the completion of inspections of all 916 homeless shelters in the state to identify unsafe conditions.