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  • we know that the current level of housing instability in New York City is incompatible with opportunity. Nearly 78,000 New Yorkers experience homelessness each night, and more than 110,000 public school children experience it during a given year. The pandemic pushed the housing crisis to new heights; more than one in four New Yorkers have missed a rent payment since March 2020.

    In the near term, the city should immediately expand eligibility for its rental assistance program (CityFHEPS) to better prevent homelessness, as well as other eviction prevention programs like Right to Counsel and One Shot Deal. Longer-term, the Adams administration should invest $4 billion per year to restore public housing and build new units for extremely low-income New Yorkers. These steps could provide hundreds of thousands with stable housing, which contributes to an array of opportunity-boosting outcomes. Children stay healthier and learn more in school. Parents find stable, better-paying jobs.

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