Report: New Mayor Should Stop Re-Housing the Homeless

Report: New Mayor Should Stop Re-Housing the Homeless

Some mayoral candidates want to restore programs that place homeless families in regular housing. But one think-tank believes those programs drive shelter demand.

By Diane Jeantet

ICPH's Ralph de Costa Nuñez speaking at an event in October. He argues that a succession of approaches to rapidly rehousing shelter clients has led to shelter recidivism and increased demand for shelter beds.

Homeless numbers have reached historic levels, shelters are mushrooming throughout the city, homeless-related expenditures have gone through the roof and for the first time in three decades, there is no rental assistance or other housing program available to help shelter residents move into more permanent housing.

With more than 48,000 people sleeping in the city’s homeless shelters every night, and no end to the crisis in sight, homelessness certainly has been a topic of discussion among the candidates for mayor.

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NYCHA’s lawsuit…fair to property owners?

Tenants in a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) project have brought an action in Housing Court to compel NYCHA to fix long-standing repair problems in Lower Manhattan’s Smith Houses or to pay civil penalties.  If Smith Houses were a privately owned property, the owner would have been in Housing Court, and possibly in jail, a long time ago.

It will be interesting to track what happens in this case.


   – Jack Freund


The Alfred E. Smith houses in Lower Manhattan comprises 12 apartment buildings.



Additional sources: 

Housing Authority Is Sued Over Slow Pace of Repairs– The New York Times, 4/29/13.