City Warns 15,000 Formerly Homeless That End to Rent Subsidies Is Near
Thursday, March 17, 2011
New York City is telling more than 15,000 formerly homeless individuals and families that they should not expect government to help with their rent starting in two weeks.
The Bloomberg administration said state budget cuts are forcing it to cancel the Advantage program. The subsidies help the homeless leave shelters once they've found jobs.
The Department of Homeless Services estimates that 4,400 families will be forced back into shelters as a result of the cuts.
A spokesman for Governor Andrew Cuomo said the city could pay for the program if it wanted to.
He says the city "seems intent on manufacturing a crisis and endangering thousands of New Yorkers."