11 Dec 2013

did Bloomberg make homelessness worse?

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Some strong thoughts form a national leader on poverty and homelessness:


“They focused on numbers and statistics instead of real families with social needs. As a result, the “Bloomberg dream” of reducing homelessness by two-thirds actually nearly doubled the number of homeless families in New York City. By introducing rental subsidies to rapidly move families out of shelter, the administration drew into the shelter system thousands of families who had been living doubled-up or in substandard conditions and who now sought to secure subsidies. By focusing only on the numbers of families moved out of shelter, rather than the social problems that had brought them there, the administration drove up the return-to-shelter rate.”

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