LGBT New Yorkers Should be Pleased with Mayor de Blasio’s Executive Budget

Mayor de Blasio released a $73.9 billion budget for the city yesterday, much of it reflective of the promises he made during last year’s campaign and since he first took office a few months ago. We’re pleased to see that the needs of LGBT New Yorkers are a priority in this administration!

Included in the budget is full funding for the 30% rent cap for lower income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS and 101 shelter beds for runaway and homeless youth. Though many more beds are needed until the thousands of homeless youth – 40% of whom are LGBT - have a warm place to sleep each night, this commitment to more than 100 beds is a great start.

In more good news announced by Mayor de Blasio, the affordable housing plan released this week includes a provision that supports housing that will address the particular needs of LGBT older adults. The importance of providing safe and affordable housing for the most vulnerable members of our community cannot be understated. LGBT youth and older adults remain disproportionally marginalized, and we’ll continue to advocate for additional resources in New York City and State.

We commend Mayor de Blasio for taking a strong stance on issues important to our community, and for following through on his promises to make New York City a better place to live for ALL who live here.