State to withhold funding for 16 NYC homeless shelters

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new initiative to improve conditions earlier this week

TRD New York /
May.May 13, 2015 09:30 AM

The state is withholding funding from some of the city’s homeless shelters due to poor conditions.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent a letter to City Hall, the Wall Street Journal reported, saying that 16 shelters needed to be improved before the money could come through. It’s unclear how much money the state will withhold.

“Instead of spending scarce resources to reinspect shelters and issue redundant reports, while citing issues which it knows are already being addressed as an excuse to withhold needed funding, the state should be meeting its own fiscal responsibility to New York City’s homeless families,” Gilbert Taylor, commissioner of the New York City Department of Homeless Services, told the newspaper.

New York currently has approximately 57,000 people in homeless shelters across the city, the newspaper reported.

Earlier this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new $12.5 million initiative that aims to immediately improve conditions in the city’s shelters. As part of the new intiative, 100 city employees across multiple agencies plan to visit 500 shelters and address the problems they find.

The Department of Investigation released a scathing report about the city’s homeless shelters in March, reporting unsanitary and unsafe conditions including dead vermin, lack of electricity, and rusted staircases. [WSJ]Claire Moses


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator James Skoufis (Credit: Getty Images, NY Senate)

Owners of some residential properties can’t hide behind
LLCs anymore

Owners of some residential properties can’t hide behind
LLCs anymore
Governor Andrew Cuomo and 538 Johnson Avenue in Brooklyn (Credit: Google Maps and Getty Images)

Landlords take another hit: Cuomo signs expanded Loft Law

Landlords take another hit: Cuomo signs expanded Loft Law
Governor Andrew Cuomo (Credit: Getty Images)

Cuomo wants to exempt NYC from prevailing wage bill

Cuomo wants to exempt NYC from prevailing wage bill
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Getty, iStock)

Commercial eviction and foreclosure ban extended until January

Commercial eviction and foreclosure ban extended until January
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Getty)

Judge blocks effort to quash Cuomo’s new Covid restrictions

Judge blocks effort to quash Cuomo’s new Covid restrictions
Gov. Andrew Cuomo with the Cathedral Basilica of St. James and Agudath Israel of Madison in Brooklyn (Getty, Wikimedia, Google Maps)

Religious groups sue to stop Cuomo’s new lockdowns

Religious groups sue to stop Cuomo’s new lockdowns
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Getty, iStock)

Covid hotspots must lock down tomorrow: Cuomo

Covid hotspots must lock down tomorrow: Cuomo
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Getty, iStock)

Cuomo to redraw city’s shutdown map

Cuomo to redraw city’s shutdown map
arrow_forward_ios

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

Loading...