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15,000 supportive units for NYC homeless comes as ‘huge surprise’ for advocate

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NEW YORK — "15,000 supportive units will mean 15,000 lives changing, 15,000 new ways to take action."

This is the simple breakdown of Mayor Bill De Blasio's new $2.6 billion dollar supportive housing initiative and what it will mean to New Yorkers.

"This will be permanent housing designed specifically for New Yorkers who don't need just shelter but need the support to get well," he said.

Essentially, the 15-year housing project will have on-site services to provide assistance though programs such as physical and mental health. Additionally, it is housing that will provide services for those trying to overcome addictions.

Steve Coe is the the CEO of Community Access. PIX11 News first introduced you to him last week in the series "No Place To Call Home," reports that detailed the many challenges of the homeless crisis throughout the region.

Less than a month ago, on Oct. 23, PIX11 News was the only broadcast media outlet at a forum on the Upper West Side designed for Albany and City Hall to focus their attention to supportive housing in an an effort to help curb the record numbers we are seeing regarding homelessness.

On Wednesday, PIX11 News asked Coe, yards from where de Blasio was making the historic announcement, if he was caught off guard by the announcement that less than a month ago appeared distant,.

"It was a huge surprise. This announcement was a huge surprise," he said.