August 2021

NY Housing Conference: Expanding Access to Housing Vouchers

Contributors: Staff, NY Housing Conference

Issues Areas: Housing

This Robin Hood-funded report from the NY Housing Conference shows just how transformative making access to housing assistance universal would be. Alongside HR&A Advisors, the New York Housing Conference studied the impact this would have on New York State, and found that New York would expect the following benefits with a full housing safety net:

  • Financial support and improved health and other outcomes for low-income households
  • Greater equity, well-being, and access to opportunity
  • A reduction in chronic homelessness
  • Increased local economic activity and additional jobs
  • Additional local and state tax revenues
  • A boost in affordable housing production

In total, more than 300,000 New Yorkers would be lifted out of poverty, the overwhelming majority of whom would be Black or Latino. Our study shows the urgency of the issue at hand – and shows us just what we are choosing to leave on the table by maintaining the status quo.