Are you trying to tell me that the so-called “greatest city in the world” and the city with so much money (and so many billionaires) is the worst when it comes to dealing with the homeless, I mean is this the best this shitty city can do regarding this ongoing out of control problem. I mean I thought that NYC was such a progressive and liberal city. Well, this whole homeless shelter horror show is not progressive or liberal at all.
Notice in the photo below with the press conference about the horrors of housing homeless in this city that Jamaica Senator Tony Avella (my senator) is there, but where is the other Jamaica Senator, Leroy Comrie, whose area has so many shelters including several hotels turned shelter in this area. I mean the beached whale knows how to always show up for street naming ceremony photo-ops and other bullshit photo-ops, but on this extremely important and dire issue, MIA (might have been the day that I-Hop was having an all you can eat pancake buffet). Typical from the SE Queens crew. And speaking of SE Queens, in the article below:
In March, a repeat offender named Malik Pinnock, broke into a hotel in Jamaica, Queens partially used as a homeless shelter wielding a machete. For a few hours, Pinnock held his girlfriend and two children hostage in the hotel room while threatening to kill them. See http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/politics/2016/03/15/unsafe-haven–city-homeless-shelters-are-hotbeds-of-domestic-violence.html
From The Daily News:
The report, “Horrors in Homeless Housing,” found that well over half of the hotels in the city hosting the homeless have hundreds of open violations for unsafe conditions, like improper fire escapes, lead paint, crumbling walls and broken toilets.
Nearly all so-called cluster sites — costly apartments rented by the city for the homeless — had violations for gross conditions like rodent and roach infestations, mold and failure to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
“It is unconscionable to allow children and families to be forced to live in these violation ridden hotels and cluster sites. These sites lack the basic services that homeless families should have access to and make living a normal life difficult, if not impossible,” said State Senator Diane Savino, one of seven senators in the Independent Democratic Conference, which produced the report.
The 23-page document examined “shelter scorecards” and data from the city’s Department of Buildings and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
The analysis found that 49 out of 63 hotels hosting the homeless — or 78% have over 400 open violations for unsafe conditions.
Many of the over 6,100 people in the hotels must cope with rooms in “deplorable condition” and lacking basic necessities, such as a stove, the report found.
Mayor de Blasio vowed to reduce renting the costly hotels, but at the beginning of 2016 the city rented 508 hotel rooms for homeless families with children. Now, the city rents over 2,400 rooms, according to the report.
“These aren’t places to call home,” said State Sen. Jeff Klein.
The analysis found that the 3,200 cluster sites that house over 11,000 homeless are even worse.
Just 11 landlords control about half of those units, which account for 1,119 “high-priority” violations regarding health, fire, building codes.
There are over 73,000 homeless people in the city.
Yolanda Thompson, who lives at a cluster site with the most open violations — 185 — on University Ave. in the Bronx, said families were housed at the dilapdated building and then ignored. “The only thing left to do with this building is put gasoline to a match and build it all over,” said Thompson, 40.
She’s dealt with filth, mold, fungus, and not even having a door,
“With the growing homeless population the use of hotels and cluster sites have become a necessity in the absence of more permanent and stable shelter sites,” the report reads.
The pols recommend a series of measures that will cost close to $1 billion when including federal funding, including a new statewide rent supplement program, special programs for domestic violence survivors and new crackdown on bad landlords.
The report cited a Daily News investigation that found the city had spent over $240 million between 2010 and 2015 on housing the homeless in “hellholes rife with a catalog of code violations.”
A spokesman for Department of Homeless Services,Isaac McGinn, said they look forward to reviewing the proposals.
“Since 2016, we have closed more than 10,000 violations and allocated hundreds of millions of dollars to make major renovations improving shelter conditions that have built up over decades. We have also stopped using nearly 600 cluster units,” McGinn said.
Reform was urgently needed, the state senators said, pointing to recent violence at the hotels and cluster sites.
In February of last year a jealous boyfriend fatally stabbed a mother and two of her three daughters at a Staten Island Ramada Inn which being used to house homeless families.
In March, a repeat offender named Malik Pinnock, broke into a hotel in Jamaica, Queens partially used as a homeless shelter wielding a machete. For a few hours, Pinnock held his girlfriend and two children hostage in the hotel room while threatening to kill them.
And in April 2014, 4-year-old Juan Sanchez died after eating rat poison in the hallway of a cluster site.
“Many times these sites are almost as bad as staying on the street and the individuals are not treated with any dignity,” State Sen. Tony Avella said.