NYC landlords boot paying tenants to shelter homeless

Number of units leased for such housing has shot up 66 percent in two years

New York /
Aug.August 13, 2013 12:00 PM

Private landlords in the city are increasingly clearing space for the homeless by forcing market-rate tenants to leave, WNYC reported.

When shelters are too crowded to take additional boarders, the city often turns to compensating landlords to house the homeless in apartments. The landlords who participate receive about $3,000 a month from the city. Some of those funds pay for security and for caseworkers.

About 2,500 apartments are leased for shelter, a 66 percent jump from two years ago, according to data from the advocacy group Coalition for the Homeless cited by WNYC. Over the past year, the shelter system’s population has held steady at 50,000 people, nearly half of which are children.

The city is mandated by the court to give shelter to anyone seeking help, but does not condone the intimidation of regular tenants by landlords.

Bola Omotosho, chair of Community Board 5 in the Bronx, said profit often drives landlords to evict tenants in these matters.

“That’s one of the reasons why some tenants feel so threatened,” Omotosho told WYNC. “They can easily be kicked out of their house so that a landlord can use it as a steady income from the city, which is guaranteed.” [WNYC]Mark Maurer


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Mayor of New York City Eric Adams (Photo Illustration by The Real Deal with Getty Images)
NYC turns back to hotels to grow homeless shelters
NYC turns back to hotels to grow homeless shelters
Jay and Stuart Podolsky with the Marcel in Gramercy at 201 East 24th Street (Getty, Google Maps)
Controversial Podolsky brothers ink more city business
Controversial Podolsky brothers ink more city business
CORE Services Group CEO Jack Brown (CORE, iStock)
NYC dropping homeless shelter operator after reported mismanagement, ethics violations
NYC dropping homeless shelter operator after reported mismanagement, ethics violations
Gov. Gavin Newsom (Getty)
California Gov. Newsom wins recall election; homeless, housing crises loom
California Gov. Newsom wins recall election; homeless, housing crises loom
(iStock)
Tenant activists fight each other over vouchers
Tenant activists fight each other over vouchers
The city claims that an increase in crime is the reason for evicting Mary's Kitchen, but have declined to provide any evidence that the operation led to increased crime in the area (Getty)
This SoCal city is canceling the lease on its only homeless services provider
This SoCal city is canceling the lease on its only homeless services provider
DHS Commissioner Steven Banks. (Getty, Google Maps)
City to open Soho homeless shelter
City to open Soho homeless shelter
(Ulmer Nest)
German designers roll out weatherproof shelter pods
German designers roll out weatherproof shelter pods
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...