A group of state lawmakers from western New York representing both sides of the aisle on Tuesday sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo calling on him to sign a memorandum of understanding that free up funding for 6,000 units of supportive housing for the homeless.

The letters were signed by Republican Sens. Robert Ortt and Rich Funke and Democratic Assemblyman Mickey Kearns and Harry Bronson.

The letters comes as advocates for the homeless are making an end-of-session push to have the MOU approved by Cuomo.

At the same time, the Homeless Alliance of Western NY has released a report that details homeless rates in the upstate region, finding more than 8,000 homeless people in five counties near Buffalo.

The letters today are the first in series of regionally based letters from state lawmakers pushing for the MOU being signed by June 16, the final day of the session.

Buffalo Letter Supportive Housing 06-07-16 by Nick Reisman