The following statement is an excerpt from Coalition for the Homeless’s “State of the Homeless 2019” Report. (This report is a survey, and analysis of the New York homeless shelter system. Also, the following passage is 100% accurate, sad to say. SMH!):
“In addition to the needed capital repairs, the failure to provide routine cleaning and maintenance of facilities is degrading to shelter residents and creates unhygienic conditions. Coalition monitors frequently observe filthy bathrooms, most often at night and on weekends. Shelter residents sometimes have no choice but to try to clean the bathrooms themselves despite lacking proper equipment and supplies. Problems with vermin, including insect infestations, also abound in many shelters.
Certain practices and conditions in many shelters further traumatize and dehumanize homeless individuals. These practices include requiring residents to request toilet paper whenever they need to use the restroom; providing poor-quality, unappetizing food and insufficient portions (while forbidding residents from bringing outside food into shelters); failing to offer frequent laundry services; providing inadequate case management and housing assistance; and erecting bureaucratic barriers that deter those seeking shelter.”
[NOTE: The above picture is from news source DNA Info. It is from a 2015 article entitled, “Jail Has Better Food Than Homeless Shelter Without Kitchens, Residents Say”]
These are the nine rent regulation proposals that will go to the legislative floor for a vote [SOURCE: City]:
1)Expansion of the Emergency Tenant Protection Act, which regulates rents and evictions during a housing emergency. (A housing emergency is when there is a housing vacancy rate of 5% or lower.)
2)Prohibiting evictions without “good cause.”
3)End vacancy decontrol, which makes a rent-stabilized apartment no longer eligible for stabilization if its rent exceeds $2,774.76 or the tenant’s household income exceeds $200,000.
4)Eliminating the vacancy bonus, which allows landlords to increase the rent on an apartment by 20% every time a lease changes hands.
5)Make preferential rents permanent until vacancy.
6)End rent hikes for major capital improvements.
7)End rent hikes for individual apartment improvements.
8)Extend time for overcharge complaints by eliminating the statute of limitations regarding this issue for rent-stabilized tenants.
9)Rent control and rent stabilization increase cap.
A homeless shelter is slated to be opened on Billionaire’s Row, a stretch of New York City that is purported to be some of the most expensive real estate in the world.
The area that is located at the southern end of New York City’s Central Park will reportedly soon be home to a 150-bed men’s homeless shelter. After multiple rounds of litigation, a Judge recently gave the green light to the shelter’s opening at the former Park Savoy Hotel, located on 58th Street, near 7th Avenue.
Residents of the area attempted to fight the opening of the shelter in court stating that the building was unsafe for residency, would increase crime in the area, and would cause economic harm to the value of neighboring properties.
In light of the most recent judicial ruling, opponents to the shelter vow to continue to pursue an appeal. Meanwhile, according to news source Breitbart, social services Commissioner Steven Banks has stated that, “We will begin servicing our neighbors in need at this location as soon as possible.”