Gov. Cuomo vowed Wednesday to reach a deal with Mayor de Blasio that would let the city use state funds to move more homeless New Yorkers from shelters into apartments.
“The governor is trying to actively resolve the homeless issue,” a Cuomo administration source said.
Current law bars the city from using state funds to revive a rent-subsidy program to help homeless adults pay for housing. Those homeless people held jobs but didn’t make enough to afford their own place.
De Blasio asked the governor to give the city flexibility to create the program from existing state funds. He did not ask for additional state aid.
Cuomo initially said that de Blasio made the request too late to insert into the state budget. The mayor and the governor previously have clashed over pre-K funding and charter schools.