From the Morning Memo:

A group of mainline conference Democrats and members of the Independent Democratic Conference in the state Senate signed on to an effort led by Sen. Brad Hoylman to include more funding in the state budget for homeless runaway youth shelters.

The letter sent this week to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the legislative conference leaders, calls for at least $4.75 million in the state budget agreement that would help create new beds in order to handle 5,041 instances of children being turned away from shelters.

“Young people who are turned away from shelters are forced to live on the streets, where they are significantly more likely to resort to drastic measures to secure a place to sleep,” the letter states.

The letter was signed by 25 lawmakers in the Senate, including IDC members Diane Savino, David Carlucci and David Valesky.

Lawmakers say the increase in spending would come after the funding to shore up homeless youth programs has been “slashed bty more than half in just five years.”

The allocation in 2014 was frozen at $2.35 million.

Meanwhile, the lawmakers say the needs of poverty-stricken youth has only increased in the last several years.

“Help for our state’s homeless youth represents a moral imperative to protect innocent children from the evils and exploitation of life on the street,” the letters states. “It’s also prudent public policy to provide these kids with stable housing so they may grow into responsible, healthy adults and make a positive impact on our communities.”

Hoylman Sign-On Letter to Restore Homeless Youth Shelter Funding by Nick Reisman