9 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.

  7. This whole article leaves out the fact that these NYC homeless Shelters are the worst nightmare that any person, ill/ or not mentally ill — could stay. Nevermind any “rats or mice!”. Anyone who has ever been on the inside of any homeless Shelter knows that they are unliveable;. they are UNSAFE — ALL of NYC Shelters are a dangerous place to live! MOST are filled with either mentally ill, alcoholic or substance abuse people who are unable on their own to even receive any “help” to have a place to live.
    There are crimes and abuse that takes place in all of these “Shelters” that Mayor DeBlasio shuts his eyes to, OR what New York City does not want to know! The “abuse,” maltreatment and just a Society that does “not care” is where the tax payers’ money goes when you speak of a homeless Shelter.
    If there are hotels that are used to save a homeless person — that is the best plan/ if it exists. THAT IS WHY MOST OF THE HOMELESS and those without suitable living who may have fallen on hard times would rather be SAFER and sleep on the streets.
    Mayor DeBlasio and the Administration of New York is so NOT in touch with the homeless plight in this New York, it is deplorable, even to speak of. The Shelters that DO exist under NYC DHS are filthy; unsanitary/ UNSAFE — they are a NIGHTMARE
    for any human being to experience.
    The DeBlasio Administration and New York in general turn a “deaf ear” for those who cry for help, such as The Coalition for the Homeless of NY, and many who have suffered atrocities in these nightmare Shelters that are one step away from hell….
    Hotels are nice, but very few are even offered that as a solution to live until they can get on their feet.
    Mayor Bill DeBlasio is so un– “in touch” with the homeless situation.
    We pray for a Mayor who DOES know and does not spread the “lies and tales” of what nothing New York City actually does not do for the homeless!
    Many die on the Streets — and THEY choose to — because the Shelter system in this New York City is so bad, you may as well tie a rope to hang than to go to a DHS New York Shelter~!!
    THAT is how bad it is — the New York City Shelter System! It is a horror story beyond horror stories for those who have been inside of one. It is a crying shame for anyone who ends up in one! Hotels should be made more available!
    YOUR life is NEVER safe in these NYC Homeless Shelters. THIS article covers over the truth!! It is the SAD truth!!

  8. Many entrepreneurs in the hotel industry are using this opportunity to build more hotels in odd locations knowing they will be receiving easy money from the city to “temporarily” house the homeless. Has anyone looked into this? It just feels like another way to push out the poor from NYC so it’s real estate remains exclusively for the middle and upper class. Growing up in Williamsburg pre-gentrification era, one witnessed how many poor working parents had to struggle working several minimum wage jobs just to make the ridiculously high rent. Eventually communities were broken up as people had to move to more affordable areas like the Bronx. Even now there are many 2-3 families with children living in 2 bedroom apartments just to be able to pay rents of $2200 or more in neighborhoods such as Elmhurst which is now being gentrified. This article fails to mention how some of these people eventually are fed up with being shuffled around to these hotels and have chosen to move out to more affordable states like Pennsylvania where there are many transplants ranging from the poverty stricken to the middle class. Someone needs to do more research and shed some light on all these other concerns.

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