**UPDATE 5/12/20: With the money raised so far, we have been able to successfully offer hotel rooms to 28 people living on NYC streets! The GoFundMe and these individuals were also featured in an incredibly powerful piece of visual journalism published by The City, which can be found here. All of the people we have been connected to accepted the offer of a private hotel room immediately. With our current funds, we will be able to keep people safe in hotel rooms for 6-7 weeks. We are currently working with all of these individuals on trying help them access permanent housing. Your continued support allows us to keep these 28 people safe in hotel rooms while we work to connect them to permanent housing!
In addition to our fundraising, the #homelesscantstayhome campaign is continuing to pressure Mayor de Blasio to open up 30,000 hotel rooms (of the 100,000 currently vacant rooms throughout NYC) to homeless New Yorkers. So far, the mayor has met only a small fraction of our 30K demand, is not offering hotel rooms to most homeless people on the street, and many of the rooms the city has procured are shared rooms between strangers (which still presents significant risks in light of COVID19). As we raise more money, we hope to move more people into hotel rooms.
As New York approaches the apex of the COVID crisis and New Yorkers are told to stay at home, homeless New Yorkers have nowhere safe to stay. Thousands are sleeping on the streets and subways with nowhere to shower and safely social distance while hundreds of thousands of apartments and hotel rooms go empty. This is absolutely wrong and unacceptable.
It’s now been almost four weeks since the Safety Net Activists, Picture the Homeless, Communities United for Police Reform, Human.nyc, Neighbors Together, and VOCAL-NY called on our leaders to take action to protect the safety of homeless New Yorkers. Among other demands, we asked that the City immediately offer hotel rooms to all homeless people on the street so that they can protect themselves from COVID and safely sanitize and socially isolate. Our leaders have not responded, and homeless people continue to survive on our streets and subways with no safe place in the midst of this pandemic.
Because we cannot afford to continue to wait, we are taking matters into our own hands. Our organizations work with many homeless people who are currently surviving on the streets and subways and desperately seeking a safe place to come inside. Please donate to help us secure hotel rooms for homeless people at this time - all money donated will go directly toward covering the cost of the room. $50 a day is what it takes for someone to self-isolate for one day.
Every minute matters. We cannot wait to see whether our elected officials will choose to save the lives of homeless New Yorkers, so we are acting now to house those in need. Please donate what you can today!
For those looking to get involved with our work, please sign our petition here - https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/homelesscantstayhome/
and visit our website www.homelesscantstayhome.org
**All funds raised during this campaign will go directly to homeless people in New York City. If the City administration changes course and agrees to provide safe hotel rooms to all homeless individuals who need them, any remaining funds will be used to provide other direct assistance to homeless people. This will only apply to funds received on or after April 11, 2020.