Homeless New Yorkers Are Spending More Time In Shelters Than Ever Before
WNYC | March 20, 2019
Not only are there more homeless New Yorkers today than compared to six years ago, but they’re staying in shelters an average three to four months longer than they used to, despite programs launched by Mayor Bill de Blasio to move them into permanent housing.
“Insane, insane that the wait should be longer,” said Christine Quinn, a former City Council Speaker who currently runs Win… “The housing subsidy we have is in functionality the equivalent of no subsidy at all.”
Quinn has argued that $1,557 — the maximum monthly rent eligible for the program for a family of four — is not sufficient in a city where the median asking rent was $2,650 last year and where landlords have resisted accepting the subsidy.