The town needs the homeless to get out of city — and is providing to pay a full yr’s lease to these prepared to desert the 5 boroughs.
Beneath a pilot program quietly launched final month, shelter residents who’ve been within the system for a minimum of 90 days and have a supply of revenue can get 12 months of lease paid up-front nearly anyplace they will discover an condominium.
Their journey bills to vamoose would even be paid beneath a program already in place generally known as Undertaking Reconnect.
“The plan to ship some households outdoors of New York Metropolis solely speaks to the devastating lack of reasonably priced housing right here for low-income households,” stated Giselle Routhier, coverage director on the Coalition For The Homeless. “Whereas it might be useful to a small subset of households, we might even be involved concerning the short-term nature of the help and the steadiness of households on the finish of the yr.”
The Division of Homeless Providers lately notified shelter suppliers of 17 flats obtainable throughout the river in Newark, in line with WNYC radio, which first reported on the initiative.
Requested in the event that they have been on board with New York Metropolis offering monetary incentives for its homeless residents to maneuver to their metropolis, Newark officers there would solely say they knew nothing concerning the initiative.
DHS officers declined to offer the price of this system, saying there’s no particular allotment whereas it’s evaluated for curiosity and effectiveness. Additionally they didn’t present figures for the utmost allowable lease the town is prepared to pay.
On the similar time, they repeatedly referred to it as an previous program whereas offering hoards of data unrelated to the pilot.
“For many years, the town has helped our homeless neighbors search housing the place they will greatest get again on their ft; typically that features outdoors the 5 boroughs,” stated DHS spokesman Isaac McGinn.
Prior to now 5 years, the town has paid $1.2 million in journey bills — the one expense that was beforehand coated — for two,512 households who relocated outdoors the 5 boroughs. Final yr, the highest locations have been Florida, Puerto Rico and North Carolina, in accordance with DHS.
With the shelter inhabitants hovering close to 60,000, the town is determined to seek out new dwelling areas for the homeless.
Requested concerning the initiative, GOP mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis stated the town must be focusing extra on job coaching and native help providers.
“As soon as once more Mayor de Blasio believes hardworking New Yorkers’ pockets are bottomless pits,” she advised The Submit.
Further reporting by Wealthy Calder