Target: Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York
Goal: Stop the housing shortage in New York that has caused the homeless population to double in one year.
The number of New York residents in danger of losing their homes is skyrocketing by the day. Over 80,000 people have applied for emergency grants to avoid eviction from their homes, and not all of them are lucky enough to receive the aid. The homeless shelter population has doubled within the past year, and the number of people saved from losing their homes has seen a steep drop.
Housing in New York is simply becoming too expensive. People work as hard as they can in the face of today’s fickle and shaky job market. The economic crisis appears to be less severe than it was eight years ago, but we are not out of the woods yet and this housing shortage is just one fraction of proof. People should not have to keep applying for emergency grants just to make the rent.
New York has always been one of the more expensive states to live in, but this situation is simply not acceptable. Sign this petition to demand more reasonable housing costs for New York residents.
Dear Governor Cuomo,
Too many New York residents have either lost their homes or had to apply for emergency grants within the past fiscal year. The number of emergency grant applications has gone up by over 20,000 within the last two years, in fact, and the homeless shelters are seeing a record number of new residents.
This is not acceptable. Housing in New York is already far too expensive, but it is reaching the point where very few people will be able to afford to live there comfortably. Please start lowering the cost of housing in this state before the homeless shelters become overcrowded. People should not have to live in fear of losing their homes.
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