The future of Jamaica

The future of Jamaica

As usual not a peep out of questionable Queens Borough President Melinda Katz with this homeless drop-in center being placed in Ozone Park, which DOES NOT HAVE A HOMELESS ISSUE, but it will now when all the problematic bottom of the barrel folks made there way to Ozone Park for a nap, shower (I doubt that), get something to eat, etc. This is the equivalent of putting out milk for stray cats. Once they know where the milk is, they keep coming back and they bring their buddies. But the folks in Ozone Park would rather have cats (no pun intended) than problematic homeless folks, which will more than likely being very problematic single males.

So Katz, why didn’t  you have this put on your block, I mean “if it’s good for families, it’s good for Queens.” I guess as long as it is not in your own backyard, but someone elses like people of color and  immigrant communities.

So black people and immigrants, remember Melinda Katz when it comes time for election. She stood by silently, while they dumped more homeless shit in your community.



From Queens  Chronicle:

Ozone Park anti-drop-in center crowd promises resistance


Ozone Park residents said Sunday they will not be deterred in their opposition to a homeless drop-in center on Atlantic Avenue, even as the lease for the building was finalized days before.

“We’re not giving up the fight,” resident Joe Maldonado said at a protest in front of the building.

The Department of Homeless Services and Breaking Ground last Thursday signed a lease agreement with the landlord of 100-32 Atlantic Ave., which previously housed Dallis Bros. Coffee, to turn the site into a drop-in center. The center will not be a permanent place of residence, but rather a place for homeless people on the street to go to take a shower or get something to eat. It will be operated by Breaking Ground.

Details of the lease or when the site will become operational were not immediately available.

A few dozen residents, along with Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven), stood outside the site Sunday to protest the move.

“You’re getting the worst of the worst over here,” said Maldonado, a Republican who unsuccessfully challenged Miller in November. “It’s unsafe.”

He and others cited the presence of public and private schools within a one-mile radius of the site, including the High School of Construction, Trades, Engineering and Architecture — which is less than 200 feet from the drop-in center.

“Why didn’t they think about that?” said concerned resident Wanda Torres. “I think it’s too close to homes and too close to the school.”

When the drop-in center was first proposed last summer, the community raised concerns over its proximity to the high school because any sex offender potentially staying there would be in violation of state law mandating they stay 1,000 feet from any educational facility.

DHS and Breaking Ground officials told residents late last year it would not serve sex offenders at the site – but that still remains an issue for some who believe the nonprofit will have trouble accurately identifying them.

Councilman Ruben Wills (D-South Jamaica) discussed the matter in a statement, issued in conjunction with Miller last Friday.

“The current deficiencies within the Department of Homeless Services and its providers have led to both unintentional and blatant violations of State statutes that govern the movement of certain sex offenders (i.e. Skyway); the same is likely to happen here,” the councilman said, referring to the South Ozone Park shelter. “I cannot in good faith endorse any such proposal under these circumstances, and have repeatedly urged DHS and Breaking Ground to reconsider.”

Looking for a way to stop the center, residents wondered if they could seek a court injunction against it. Miller said he would contact the law firm that fought a proposed homeless shelter in Glendale.

“Do you see them in there, in Glendale?” the assemblyman responded when asked by a resident if the firm was a good choice.

Stanley Shuckman, a realtor who owns the strip of stores across the street from the Atlantic Avenue site, volunteered to pay for the legal services.

Shuckman said he showed the DHS and Breaking Ground several sites he believes would have been more suitable for the center.

“I had a very specific criteria,” Shuckman said. “It would’ve solved all these problems.”

He did not specify which sites he showed told the two groups but last month officials from both the DHS and Breaking Ground Community Board 9 none of the suggestions he gave them would have been suitable.

But Shuckman believes that’s because the landlord of the Atlantic Avenue site, Fred Khalili, was able to give them an attractive deal.

“Why else would you hold onto a vacant property for months and not put it on the market?” the realtor said.

Miller, in his statement, said, “When Breaking Ground and Department of Homeless Services was given the opportunity to find viable alternative locations they appeased the community by looking at other sites and then claimed the original location was the best fit. They settled for this location because it was available and the landlord was looking to rent it.”

He also said the agencies were not being transparent with the community on the details of the plan.

“No matter how many times I asked for updated information, both organizations were not forthcoming,” the legislator said. “This is the process? Where is the community involvement?”

Community Board 9 Chairman Raj Rampershad said at last Tuesday’s board meeting he plans to meet with the DHS and Breaking Ground in the near future.

Officials from the nonprofit told CB 9 last month it plans to phase in the number of homeless people it serves at the site, starting with 10 per day. That number will remain steady until next year, when it will go up to 50 and ultimately 125.



katz crapAND let’s be REAL & HONEST, this is why NO ONE wants homeless shelters in their communities let alone communities that already have tons of them like Jamaica and SE Queens. The majority of the people going into them are problematic, lacking in social skills & manners, dirtbags, slobs and any other adjective or name you want to enter here______________.  I have no damn sympathy for these folks, because they treat whatever areas they go into like a garbage dump.

AND no doubt that the homeless in this hotel turned slop house are not even from Ozone Park, I bet they are not even anywhere near the area. Again you don’t see these dirtbags being shipped into Forest Hills, hood of the evil white queens Melinda Katz. Wonder why?



From Queens  Chronicle:

Homeless hotel causing problems in Ozone Park


Posted: Monday, February 13, 2017 12:45 pm | Updated: 4:30 pm, Mon Feb 13, 2017.

The Department of Homeless Services recently moved 27 homeless families into the Comfort Inn in Ozone Park — and a nearby resident says the area has become a hotspot for illicit activity.

“It’s filthy there,” said Dominic, a resident who lives nearby. “There’s food just laying on the windowsills all the time … people smoking marijuana outside.”

It’s unclear when the families were moved to the hotel, located at 137-30 Redding St., a short distance from PS/MS 202.

A spokeswoman for the DHS said in an emailed statement, “We are currently using some rooms in this location to shelter homeless families with children who would otherwise be turned out onto the street. We are using hotels as a bridge to shelter homeless New Yorkers while we work to increase shelter capacity citywide.”

Dominic said in addition to people smoking marijuana, he’s spotted people he believes to be living in the hotel engaging in sexual activity.

He’s not the only one to report such acts, as other residents have reported them to area politicians.

Police could not immediately be reached for comment.




When communities have residents who actually care about their community and what goes on, who actually take pride in where they live as opposed to treating it like a garbage dump or a shooting gallery and who fight the good fight, things can change. It also helps to have elected officials in your corner as opposed to the crap black gangsta clown posses political asses in Jamaica who are spineless, have no balls, are sell-outs, not very bright, ass kissers, corrupt and lazy do nothing. With names like Comrie, Meeks, Wills, Cook, Hyndman, Miller and the rest of the so-called community leaders like Archie Springer, Floyd Flake you know your community will be a completely ghetto mess because that is how these ghetto leaders like it.

As a higher up in the food chain, who will go unnamed (I do need my inside sources in Jamaica) wrote to me when I mentioned how Merrick Blvd has become the “new Willets Point” with all the thug autobody shops trashing the area with their junked and  unlicensed cars, this person stated”

“I agree with your assessment of the lack of concern by local authorities to aggressively curtail illegal parking by passenger vehicles and trucks.  Believe it or not, I have scheduled several meetings over the past few years with local officials and met with city agency representatives about these very grievances.  In many cases, the results have been lack luster.”

NOW that tells the whole story is this fucked up ghetto community and why most black communities are the way they are.


From Queens Crap:

Homeless removed from hotels featured in DHS’ race-baiting videos

“Ok, here is the latest update directly from the operators of the hotels. As of 1/3/17 homeless residents were no longer being housed in the Quality Inn Hotel on Jericho Tpke. As of 1/10/17 homeless residents were no longer being housed at the Bellerose Inn Hotel on Jericho Tpke.

Even though the DHS has agreed to no longer house homeless in these two hotels, the owners are still being pressured and getting occasional calls from DHS contractors requesting to house homeless families. This type of pressure and putting these hotel owners in this position is unfair and contrary to the agreement in which DHS was informed about.

Let me also provide background on this entire episode so that everyone understands how our community succeeded in fighting back deBlasio homeless housing overreach. Back in November, I received a call from one of the owners of these hotels who asked for my help in terminating the use of these hotels for homeless individuals. These hotels had signed NO contract with DHS and never agreed to house homeless for an extended period of time, but had been continually pressured by DHS and its vendors to do so.

The reason the hotel owner called me is that as President of Glen Oaks Village Co-op I have known him from the community and he has a trusting and amicable relationship with me. I urged him to meet with members of the local civics in which I am an active participant to work out a plan with the local community to extricate these hotels from housing homeless individuals and families. These hotels were not in appropriate locations (no subways, limited bus service, no job sites) to house homeless individuals. When I approached the civics I was met with very strong opposition which came from their distrust of the hotel owners. I urged them to meet as we had an opportunity to finally resolve this issue and we shouldn’t let this opportunity slip away. I told my fellow civic leaders that even if we did not succeed, we would be in no worse position. They were not convinced.

I did not want to lose this opportunity to finally resolve this homeless hotel problem on Jericho Tpke and contacted Councilmember Grodenchik who I know well and explained to him the situation in detail and asked if he would be willing to host a meeting between the hotel operators and the civics. I felt the civic leaders would be more inclined to participate if the Councilman hosted the meeting. He agreed to do so and he urged the Civic leaders who strongly opposed the meeting to attend. My strategy succeeded and a meeting was held between a number of civics, elected officials and the hotel owners. We all agreed that it was in the best interest of all to terminate the relationship with DHS (Dept of Homeless Services).

The parties agreed that by 12/31/16 all homeless being housed in these hotels would be out. Due to DHS delays, it took about a week after the 12/31/16 timetable for DHS to find alternate living arrangements for the few that were still in the hotels. That is the complete and accurate story to date of this chapter. I am proud that we were all able to finally work together and resolve a perplexing problem that many communities have been unable to resolve.”

Thank you.
Bob Friedrich
President, Glen Oaks Village

Take a lesson from these folks. They did great work by sticking together. The fact that they actually have electeds who support them instead of just paying lip service to them helped as well. These hotels were where the DHS made 2 videos, one of which shows shots of black homeless children dubbed over with someone yelling “white lives matter“. They craftily blamed Maspeth for this despite it allegedly happening in Bellerose. Aja Worthy-Davis was moved over to ACS (which must be the de Blasio administration’s version of a punishment) and the “f*ck whiteness” guru Lincoln Restler is still in hiding as BdB prepares to meet Preet.



Ramada Inn at 164-40 Hillside Avenue in Jamaica. Combo hotel and homeless shelter. How lovely.

I have to say this is news to me, I had no idea that the Jamaica Ramada Inn at 164-40 Hillside Avenue is operating as both a hotel and a homeless shelter, which means, guests staying at this hotel will have homeless people staying right along side them and all the fucking problems that go with that homeless scenario like Malik Pinnock, who entered the Ramada Inn and held his homeless girlfriend and two kids (really homeless and two damn kids) hostage while wielding a machete and threatening to kill her.

I have walked by this place several times (always thought it was a shitty hotel) but never knew that is was operating as both a hotel and a homeless shelter combo. Welcome to Jamaica, the HOT HOOD. Hot for SHIT, CRAP, GARBAGE, HOMELESS SHELTERS, CROOKED & DO NOTHING POLITICIANS, CRIMINALS, GANG BANGERS, GHETTO SLOBS, you name it we have it, including machete wielding asshole thugs.

In the video below, I love how deBlasio takes not one ounce of blame for this mess, but instead puts it all on Mike Bloomberg. Well, Bloomberg is not mayor now, you are and this whole hotel homeless shelter disaster has been under your watch. So FUCKING DEAL WITH IT and stop with the blame game, you are now in fucking charge Charles. Bloomberg helped to create this mess, but you sir a making an even bigger mess of it, by not properly handling it and instead whining like some other whinny bitch, soon to be our president.



From NY1:

Unsafe Haven: City Homeless Shelters are Hotbeds of Domestic Violence

By Courtney Gross
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 07:16 PM EDT

homeless-violenceA NY1 investigation into the city’s homeless shelter system shows that it is wracked with complaints about domestic violence. A review of 1,700 incident reports from the city’s Department of Homeless Services shows that safety is a major concern at the more than 600 shelters across the five boroughs with domestic violence at the top of the list. Courtney Gross has more in the second part of her week-long series: Unsafe Haven.

For several hours on Friday, a woman and her two children were held in their hotel room here by her boyfriend. He was allegedly wielding a machete and threatened to kill them.

This incident did not occur at just any hotel. The woman was placed here by the city’s Department of Homeless Services.

And this hotel is being partially used as a homeless shelter.

“I have been noticing a lot of stuff that’s been happening in these motels and stuff, but I try to stick to myself and mind my own business,” said one neighbor.

It is unclear how Malik Pinnock, the accused assailant, got into the hotel. Three machetes were recovered at the scene. He is now on Rikers Island and facing 25 years in prison.

City Hall has called this incident quote “deeply disturbing.” The woman had no domestic violence complaint before. There were also two security guards on site. The NYPD is reviewing security at all homeless shelters now.

But the incident comes a month after Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to beef up security at hotels that have been converted to homeless shelters. That promise came after a woman and two of her children were murdered by her boyfriend at this Ramada Inn turned homeless shelter on Staten Island.

These incidents are not isolated. They are part of the pervasive problem of domestic violence at city homeless shelters.

We reviewed 416 domestic violence incidents at shelters from 2015 — documents we received through the freedom of information law.

The records reveal that  being choked, bruised, beaten or slammed is common practice, where women fear the person sleeping next to them could lead to their demise.

On a late February afternoon last year at this Queens shelter a woman described her husband dragging her off of the bunk bed, throwing her to the floor and repeatedly slamming her on the ground.

At another shelter in the Bronx, one woman stabbed her partner with a pair of scissors. The report says it’s unclear why it happened, other than he was choking her first. The children witnessed the incident.

Elsewhere, one woman described how after she declined to have sex with her partner, because they were “arguing,” he then slammed her head into the wall near where her daughter was sleeping.

“We’re providing additional resources in the executive budget to address domestic violence as it develops within families that are placed together in the shelter system,” said Commissioner of the city’s Human Resources Administration Steven Banks. “We want to ensure people are safe and families can remain together.”

In their own defense, de Blasio administration officials are blaming former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It was during his tenure, that officials cut a program that put domestic violence social workers in shelters.

City Hall is restarting it and retraining homeless shelter staff to better deal with these incidents before they claim any more victims.

City Hall says it’s now owning this problem. The de Blasio administration is taking steps to start this new domestic violence problem immediately.



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–city-homeless-shelters-are-hotbeds-of-domestic-violence.html


From The Daily News:

Homeless being housed in sub-human and unsafe conditions in NYC, report shows

homelessState Senator Jeff Klein (r.) at a press conference outlining the horrors in homeless housing.

(Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)

Homeless people are being housed in sub-human, unsafe conditions at hotels and other shelters, a new report by Albany pols found.

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.

Homeless man busted for pushing Queens victim on subway tracks

“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.

Homeless enter system faster than NYC can move them from shelters

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.

homeless20n-1-webCover page of the “Horrors in Homeless Housing” report.

(Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)

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.

City pol wants shelter employees trained to deal with overdoses

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.

homeless1“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.

(Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)

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.


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This article was from back in October 2016, but for some reason I seemed to have missed it. BUT anyway, more hotels being turned into homeless shelters under very shady ways.

How can the powers that be talk about the “revitalization” of Jamaica when every other day, another homeless shelter or supportive housing or drug clinic gets dumped into this community, where the majority of the people going into these places are not even from the community.

JAMAICA: Going from GHETTO to Homeless Shelter Village, either way this community is CRAP and gets more crappier as they talk more about “revitalization”

 A new hotel in Jamaica is currently used by the city to house homeless families.

A new hotel in Jamaica is currently used by the city to house homeless families.View Full Caption


From DNAInfo New York:

Homeless Put in Jamaica Hotel Before It Gets Certificate Of Occupancy: Docs

By  Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska and Katie Honan | October 7, 2016 5:06pm | Updated on October 9, 2016 2:04pm

 A new hotel in Jamaica is currently used by the city to house homeless families.

A new hotel in Jamaica is currently used by the city to house homeless families.View Full Caption

DNAinfo/Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska

QUEENS — The city violated housing regulations by rushing homeless families into a new hotel on Jamaica Avenue before the necessary paperwork was completed, documents posted on the Department of Building’s website indicate.

The Department of Homeless Services confirmed to DNAinfo New York that it is currently renting rooms to house homeless families with children at the brand-new building at the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and 183rd Street which does not have any logo nor a reception area.

But neighbors, who said they were never informed that the building would be used to house the homeless, said that the city started placing families there before the building was even completed, they said.

 The hotel received its Temporary Certificate of Occupancy on Sept. 28, according to city records.

However residents said they first saw families being placed at the hotel on Sept. 11, and number of complaints about the issue that pre-date the certificate of occupancy were also posted on the DOB’s website.

On Sept. 19, one person called the city and said “people are moving in but front entrance is not open, people are going through the side entrance” and another reported “load of [SIC] buses of children” at the hotel.

On Sept. 22, still another person claimed that “there is a hotel with people living on the premises and there appears to be no certificate of occupancy.”

According to the DOB’s website, “no one may legally occupy a building until the Department has issued a Certificate of Occupancy or Temporary Certificate of Occupancy,” which states “a building’s legal use and/or type of permitted occupancy.”

The city downplayed the issue saying that the life safety systems at the hotel had been inspected and signed off before Sept. 28.

The owner of the property did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Neighbors and local officials complained that they felt ignored by the city.

“If I knew before that the shelter was going to open here I would do something,” said Fillah Kazi, who bought a house in the area four years ago.

In September, the operator of a Maspeth Holiday Inn slated to be converted into a homeless shelter backed away from his agreement with the city following ferocious opposition from the community.

Local Councilman Daneek Miller was also upset about the decision to house homeless families at the Jamaica Avenue hotel.

“My office remains opposed to any new shelters being placed within the district, particularly the disingenuous way this one was opened without any public notice,” he said. “Whether it is temporary or not, transparency is critical to ensure our goal of equitable housing for homeless across the City.”

Yvonne Reddick, district manager for Community Board 12, told DNAinfo that the DHS is supposed to inform community boards before using hotels for housing. However she only found out about the changes to the Jamaica Avenue building after the community began complaining about it.

She went to say that the board has “nothing against homelessness because at the end of the day any of us could be homeless, but everyone should get their fair share.”

To Reddick’s knowledge CB12, which includes Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans and Springfield Gardens, currently has 11 shelters and eight hotels that are used to house homeless people, “the most in the borough of Queens.”

Two years ago, when the board had 10 shelters, it passed a resolution requesting a moratorium on building or expanding homeless shelters in the area. There were 22 shelters in Queens at the time.

DHS was not able to immediately provide the number of shelters currently in the area.

The agency said it began renting rooms at the hotel to deal with growing numbers of homeless people in the city.

“Each day, we are tasked with determining how to meet the City’s legal obligation to house tens of thousands of homeless New Yorkers, including families with children, who would otherwise be on the street,” Lauren Gray, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeless Services, said in an email to DNAinfo. “We are using commercial hotels as a bridge while we work to open new shelters across the city.”

There were nearly 60,000 residents in the city’s shelter system as of early October, the agency said.

“It used to be a quiet area, but now every day there is police, ambulances and fire trucks coming to this place,” said a neighbor who did not want his name to be used. He said he and his family lived and operated a small business in the area for about three decades.

“This is our neighborhood, we worked for this neighborhood,” he added. “They never even asked us if it’s OK to open it here.”


So Letitia James makes some sense when she wants, BUT she still does not have the power to do anything about this whole homeless fiasco which has gotten worse with de Blasio. Also her calling the 62,000 people out of about a 9 million people in the city an epidemic is really reaching. That figure is less than 1% of the population, certainly not making it an “epidemic”, far from it. And again no one is breaking those number down, like how many are from out of state who decided to freeload on NYC or how many are mentally ill that should be hospitalized, etc. You just cannot believe the numbers where there is no breakdown of the back-up, they are just numbers that this administration is spouting out.

But if this bill passes, that means the big profit business of homeless warehousing could end and those higher up certainly don’t want to see this big ass cash cow end.

Face it, these clowns don’t have any kind of solution or plan, because if they did, they would not be dumping homeless into hotels (and do they really want it to end, when has a problem or a disease been fixed or cured, it just becomes BIG BUSINESS).

And we wonder why hotels have such a bed bug problem.


The Daily News:

What the homeless really need


Every night, more than 62,000 people sleep in our shelters, on our streets or in our subway system. This means there are more homeless people in New York City than at any time since the Great Depression. It is an epidemic we must face with the full force of our available resources.Yet far too often, we find ourselves tinkering around the edges, trying to combat symptoms of the problem piecemeal, rather than searching for a holistic solution to the root causes of this crisis. The status quo is clearly broken, and we must strive for bigger, bolder solutions that will provide New Yorkers with the support they need to remain in their homes.

This is why I am fighting in support of the Home Stability Support plan that Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Queens) has introduced. His plan will create a single, all-encompassing support program to assist those families and individuals in the most dire straits: those facing eviction, imminent homelessness or loss of housing because of domestic violence or hazardous conditions.

This assistance will ensure that families can afford to stay in their homes and are not forced to live on the streets or in shelters, which provide only temporary and often unsafe housing at exorbitant costs to taxpayers.

To grasp why the reform makes sense, first you need to understand how the status quo fails. It’s not that we spend too little; it’s that we address the problem incoherently.

Within New York City and state, families in need face a confusing hodgepodge of supplemental rental assistance programs, many of which are ineffective individually and all of which are clearly ineffective in the aggregate. While the intent of these programs is to help our most vulnerable populations, the reality is that too many conflicting programs waste taxpayer dollars and fail to stem the tide of homelessness.

Starting in 1975, the state began providing a shelter allowance based on one’s income, family size and geographic location to help individuals and families pay for housing costs. The shelter allowance is still in existence in New York, but the amounts given to families have not been adjusted since 1975 — rendering it grossly insufficient to help those families and individuals in greatest need. Rents have increased exponentially over the past four decades, far above even the natural rate of inflation, but the allowance to pay for these rents has remained stagnant.

The current shelter allowance for a family of three living in New York City maxes out at less than $450 a month, despite the fact that the average rental price for a two-bedroom apartment is more than $1,500 a month. For a family that lives paycheck to paycheck, this is clearly inadequate.

So New Yorkers then turn to the confusing mess of rent supplements — including Living in Communities, Family Eviction Prevention Supplement, Special Exit and Prevention Supplement and others — to help cover the remaining amounts or are forced out of their homes and onto the streets or into shelters.

Home Stability Support will cut through the red tape and target the heart of the problem. It will eliminate the overlapping patchwork of programs and provide a single, easy-to-access rental assistance program sufficient to keep families in their homes.

While the cost to implement this new subsidy might seem high — $450 million a year — it will ultimately save many more millions of taxpayer dollars. It will reduce our use of shelters; reduce many other costs associated with homelessness, such as soup kitchens, emergency room visits and Housing Court costs, and will prevent evictions, which cost New York City $250 million a year.

For a family of three living in the city, Home Stability Support will add up to $11,224 a year. Putting that same family in temporary housing or a shelter, on the other hand, would cost the city more than $38,000 a year.

The program will also be fully funded by federal and state dollars, which will help New York City cut down on the billions a year being spent on shelters, support services and rental assistance.

Under the new law, the city would also have the option to provide additional, targeted assistance for especially vulnerable populations or to contend with a volatile housing market. Just as importantly, Home Stability Support supplements will be tied to inflation, meaning that it will not become a political football once passed.

New Yorkers want to be compassionate, and they want to live in a city where homeless people aren’t stuffed into shelters, spilling out onto the streets. They also want a support system that works.

New York City is facing the worst housing crisis since the Great Depression, and without significant action, this problem is only going to get worse. Home Stability Support is our best shot at creating an all-encompassing and effective system to ensure that our at-risk children and families can remain in the homes they deserve.

James is the city’s public advocate.