New Homeless Shelter Policy in Dispute

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Gail Robinson, editor in chief of, explains the new homeless shelter policy which has been halted by the City Council and discusses the significance of a lawsuit against the Mayor.


Gail Robinson

Comments [12]

Smith from Queens NY

As I hunt every city, state and federal website for a job, there are
so many housing federal grants, but the paperwork is discouraging to
get through. Having said that, perhaps bloomberg is attempting to place
the homeless where someone, somewhere could take advantage of these funds??? No I'm joking for he doesn't think of them.( Non voting bloc)

How many non profits exist now, as a result of free govt money? Bloomberg
and Bush help proliferate their existance, but i dont know of anyone that
has benefited from those dollars except the individuals that created them.

Recently Scott Stringer in his attempt to win votes for the upcoming elecction, was calling for "VOLENTEERS" (now there's a dirty word). To dole
out dollars to non profits.

Bloomberg has empowered the Boro President's and local athorities to the
point of silencing any voice of opposition to their power hungry policies.
Everyone goes along with what transpires without speaking up. Out of fear.

I live across from the criminal court house, and the homeless shelter, which is located behind the boro president's office. These city officials believe the public recourses belong to them for thier own enjoyment, and
work very hard to ensure locals are kept our of public spaces. (Am example the veteran's memorial garden on Queens Blvd, it is help under lock and key. Can someone tell me why???
Could it be to keep the homeless from enjoying the beautiful space. Reserved only for court employees.....

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Nov. 30 2011 11:47 PM
Eugenia Renskoff from Brooklyn, NY

Hi, Being homeless is no joke. It is not to be taken lightly. I was homeless and in many ways still am. About 3 years ago I lived on the streets and the subway. No shelter for me because I would not/could not give up my cat. No family because they wouldn’t/couldn’t have me in California. I think the new policy proposed by Mayor Bloomberg is wrong. It would dump people into places where they are not wanted. I doubt people really go to a shelter if they have other options. Eugenia Renskoff

Nov. 30 2011 01:57 PM
Db from NYC

On one hand the Bloomberg administration 'forgets' to collect 8.9 million dollars in taxes from NYC hotels and on the other hand they say they have to add to the misery of poor people in desperate straits to save - what did they say - 4 million dollars?

How is it those with nothing are being squeezed and those with more than enough are being coddled?

Bloomberg is despicable - it's amazing he still has his eye on running for President.

Nov. 30 2011 11:19 AM
Charles Maraia from West Village

I know of a few campers and vans that park on the streets of Manhattan where you can't even see inside the windows because of garbage or personal effects. Sometimes the tires are flat. These "homes on wheels" seem to be in the same spot all the time, even on alternate side parking streets. I presume there are many people living on the streets in camper like vehicles.

Nov. 30 2011 11:04 AM

Why is it so wrong for city tax payers to be responsible for providing shelter to each individual, and their children, who present themselves as being in need of shelter, especially during the extreme conditions of New York's winters and summers?

Nov. 30 2011 11:01 AM

And this is the wealthiest city in the world? Or just the stingiest? Is Bloomberg the 12th stingiest person in the world?

Nov. 30 2011 10:58 AM
carolita from nyc

You'd think a person would wait till they'd exhausted all the possibilities before going to a homeless shelter (meaning, they've already imposed on their relatives, etc and overstayed their welcome).

But there are people who have parents who'd let them stay with them, but whose parents are also extremely detrimental to their mental health, and undermining to their goals of independence. These people are better off not relying on their parents. There are many reasons a person would avoid staying with a relative.

Nov. 30 2011 10:57 AM
Susie Loman

I used to work in the District Office of a City Council Member. I worked with many homeless families and individuals who were denied shelter because DHS indicated that they could reside with a friend or family member. This policy is not new.

Nov. 30 2011 10:54 AM
RBC from NYC

Everyone needs to understand the real purpose of this policy: its an attempt by the Bloomberg administration to undermine the true number of homeless NYers. The number of homeless persons has become so large, its an embarrassment and a gaping hole in his "legacy".

Nov. 30 2011 10:53 AM
Susan from upper westsude

What about the brothers, etc who do not want the homeless relative, friend living with them?

Nov. 30 2011 10:53 AM
fuva from Harlemworld

Who would choose to go to a shelter if they had an alternative? Please explain, as there may very well be credible answer to this question.
Also, would these extensive interviews be conducted EVERY night a person seeks shelter?

Nov. 30 2011 10:50 AM

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