From the Morning Memo:

The United Federation of Teachers this week is backing a plan that aims to replace all existing state rent support for a new rental supplement with the goal of bridging the gap in subsidies and fair market rents.

The measure is backed by Democratic Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi and Bronx Sen. Jeff Klein, the leader of the Independent Democratic Conference.

“There are more than 150,000 homeless children in New York State, children whose learning is at great risk,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew. “Home Stability Support is a way forward for the state to help ensure that every child has a stable home. We’re proud to stand with Assembly Member Hevesi and Senator Klein in supporting this initiative.”

The proposal, backed in the Assembly’s one-house budget resolution, would be phased in over the next five years, including $40 million in the first year. The money would be used to provide subsidies to rental costs up to 85 percent of fair market rent.

The program would target families facing homelessness because of domestic violence or eviction.

A provision that would provide assistance for heating costs for upstate renters would also be included.

“The current homeless crisis impacts our local communities in so many ways, with school children and their parents bearing some of the greatest burdens,” Hevesi said.

“It’s well-demonstrated that homelessness leads to lower school performance and absenteeism, problems that generate longterm consequences for our state. Enacting Home Stability Support will help change this.”