News: Housing voucher cut from New York budget; thousands of shelter and affordable-housing residents wonder what to do.

This is the article I reported on and wrote with support from the crowdfunding citizen journalism site, spot.us

A related version of this story was produced for Bed-Stuy Patch.

Thousands of people who were promised the New York Department of Homeless Services’ Advantage housing voucher are uncertain about where they will be living next month after Gov. Andrew Cuomo cut the voucher from the state budget on March 14.

The effects of the cut will reach thousands of people currently living in city shelters, as well as up to 15,000 individuals and families who use the voucher to pay for affordable housing units.

But the Advantage voucher was merely a Band-Aid covering a large wound that persists in New York City’s affordable-housing system, according to homeless advocacy organizations such as Coalition for the Homeless, whose staff has spoken out about the voucher’s role as a “revolving door” to homelessness. Read more