Things that are Dumb: Throwing $440M at the homeless problem doesn't halt new shelters - JuniperCivic.com
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Originally published in the June 2015 Juniper Berry Magazine

Things that are Dumb: Throwing $440M at the homeless problem doesn't halt new shelters

Assembly Member Andrew Hevesi announced this past spring that he helped broker a deal that would allocate $440M toward homeless services. Included in this package:

• $220M over 4 years for rental subsidies for

domestic violence victims, seniors and

working families that can't afford rent

• $15M for a new pilot program designed to

prevent evictions by increasing housing

allowances

• $40M for rental subsidies that will prevent

families from becoming homeless

• $4.5M to target runaways and homeless

youth

• $1M for emergency homeless needs

• $34.2M for shelter, transitional housing and

homeless prevention programs

• $124.5M to provide services that would

allow people to move from shelters to

independent housing.

This is expected to cover 5,000 units of

housing.

One question that no elected official seems to want to answer is that if we have all these plans in place to eliminate homelessness, and we have a budget that will reduce the burden on shelters by 5,000 units, then why is the city actively seeking new locations for shelters and signing new contracts with homeless shelter providers?

June 2015 Juniper Berry Magazine

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