(DNAINFO) Jeff Mays | November 18, 2015 Saying the city could no longer wait for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state to act, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $2.6 billion plan to build 15,000 units of supportive housing for homeless New Yorkers over the next 15 years.
“We are acting decisively. We are not waiting on Albany,” de Blasio said Wednesday before a supportive crowd at The Times Square, the single largest supportive housing residence in the country.
The announcement comes as de Blasio continued to face criticism about the high number of people in the city’s homeless shelters.
The plan will cost the city $1 billion in capital costs. All but $380 million has already been budgeted for in the city’s “Housing New York” affordable housing plan.