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June 29, 2009


Change - Despite a 2004 pledge to dramatically reduce homelessness, the number of homeless families in New York City is at an all time high.

To address the problem, city officials are seeking approval for a new set of policies to shorten the length of time families utilize the city's shelter system, including financial incentives for shelters and stricter shelter rules and regulations. While many recognize the need to free up shelter space for the influx of clients, others question the approach of "evicting" families and children who have nowhere else to go.

Under the new rules, nonprofit organizations contracted through the city will provide shelter beds at a rate of about $100/day. After a family has been in shelter for six months, the daily rate decreases, giving shelters an incentive to move that family out of the shelter before they can get comfortable.

The proposed changes also include stricter shelter rules, with more serious consequences for non-compliance, including being ejected from the shelter. . . Advocates for the homeless called the city's plans mean-spirited, and warned that they would threaten the safety of families, especially children, forced to leave the shelter with no place to go.


Anonymous fuck bloomberg said...

Bloomberg, wouldn't you love to see his fat ass wearing only an army blanket with holes for head and arms, holey shoes w/ no socks and scrounging for food. What an asshole. If only there were justice.

June 30, 2009 1:34 PM  

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