7 thoughts on “Who’s Afraid of NYC’s Homeless Hotels?

  1. “Against a background of a 115 percent increase in homelessness over the last 20 years, we are only using hotels as a temporary bridge until we can open enough shelters to keep homeless children and adults off the street,” spokesman David Neustadt says in a statement.

    What kind of bridge are hotels going to be? The latest RFP issued by DHS calls for contracts with hotels lasting from 3 to 9 years with an option to renew. This administration is only trying to kick the problem down the road.

    Latest RFP:

    Thank you Tobias for a great article.

  2. A very thorough article on homelessness. You just left one group out…The taxpayers who have to pay for all this. Our Real Estate taxes went up again, and I’m sure it’ll continue, as this crisis grow.

    • The NYC Taxpayer/Homeowner is the last person on deBlasio’s mind. His progressive agenda is choking the middle-class and he could care less. No one is helped by destroying middle-class neighborhoods with homeless shelters. They are all a disaster, talk to anybody who lives near one.

      Here’s a list (pdf) of DHS shelters from the city’s website. The list does not contain individual shelter street addresses –

  3. There is a better path to relieving family homelessness: community residential resource centers that provide housing as well as support services and are useful and usable by everyone in the community. Read Ralph da Costa Nunez’s comments at http://tinyurl.com/h6rdhwn

  4. Let’s not forget the hospitals who have empty beds. Somethings is not right when Beth Israel says the hospital is not being used at full capacity, one would think they could take a floor of rooms, with existing beds to assist the homeless, mental health issues of those living on the streets. Or, is selling the real estate more important, and greed trumps compassion.

  5. The arc of the universe bends towards justice. It provides me a great deal of schadenfreude that the person who has to deal with the present situation in fact helped create this slow-motion disaster.
    The best solution- before this becomes the monster that swallows the entire budget- may be a New York State constitutional convention that knocks out the basis for the court finding of a right to taxpayer funded shelter. Perhaps then we could have a rational and fact-based discussion of how to address both family and single homelessness without having the outcome ( publicly funded “free” housing) legally predetermined.

  6. I thought I read somewhere that DHS attempts to place homeless people in the community they came from. If you look at the demographics of Elmhurst, for instance, you will notice that there is a cultural and ethnic divide between the neighborhood population and that of the people in the homeless shelters. People often move into neighborhoods because of its particular ethnic/cultural flavor. In fact, what makes NYC so interesting is the ethnic neighborhoods. DeBlasio does not seem to understand or want to understand the anger of homeowners who feel threatened by many hundreds of people being dumped pell mell, as it were, into their community.

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