Last week, Care for the Homeless Executive Director Bobby Watts testified before the New York City Council assuring policy makers "with real commitment and the political will to do so, we can successfully end modern day homelessness in New York City."
|Executive Director Bobby Watts|
Watts spoke about the Care for the Homeless Agenda to End Homelessness and how policies to fight, prevent and end homelessness would also save taxpayer dollars.
Watts also took the opportunity to thank City Council for restoring funding that would have been cut for services for people experiencing homeless in recent budget cycles, and recognizing City Council Chair Steven Levin for legislation he will be proposing to create a city effort to coordinate policies and programs affecting homelessness. "This is modeled on the federal InterAgency Council on Homelessness, that has been so valuable in improving national policy," Watts said.
Watts participated in a public hearing of City Council's General Welfare Committee which has oversight of the city's Department of Homeless Services (DHS). Witnesses included DHS Commissioner Gilbert Taylor, Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer and other homeless advocates. In addition to Council Members those questioning witnesses included NYC Public Advocate Letitia James.
The Care for the Homeless policy agenda is based on the idea that policy choices were integral in creating modern day homelessness, and better policy choices can help solve problems and end homelessness.