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Advocates pushing Cuomo to boost homelessness initiatives

Photo: Franco Folini / CC BY-SA 2.0

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Advocates say Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn't following through on pledges to stem the growing number of New Yorkers who are homeless.

About two dozen homeless New Yorkers and advocates joined state lawmakers Monday at the Capitol to bring attention to the issue and discuss legislative initiatives aimed at alleviating homelessness.

Advocates say Cuomo isn't doing enough to back up pledges made in recent years to spend billions of dollars in state funding for affordable housing, shelters and rental subsidies. The critics of the Cuomo's efforts say it's not clear where the funding is going and how many homeless people are being housed under his plan.

The advocates say nearly 90,000 people are being housed in homeless shelters across the state, including about 28,000 in upstate New York.

AP-WF-02-12-18 1817GMT

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