The following six agencies are the agencies that are tasked to deal with homelessness in New York City:
(1)The Department of Homeless Services (DHS)
(2)The Department of Social Services (DSS) also known as HRA (Human Resources Administration)
(3)The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)
(4)The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)
(5)The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)
(6)The Department of Veterans Services
There are a myriad of reasons that people become homeless. There is a stereotype that people become homeless due to mental illness, substance abuse, or poor financial management. While these issues may be a catalyst for homelessness for some people, there are many people who have never grappled with these issues that are still challenged with homelessness.
In Homeless New Yorker’s 1,000,000 Ways To Become Homeless posts, I will explore the varied ways that people find themselves homeless.
According to the New York Post, the Civil Law Reform Unit at The Legal Aid Society filed a Freedom of Information Law request to obtain statistics regarding NYCHA.
The information obtained revealed the following troubling statistics about New York City’s housing projects:
- NYCHA has 174,000 apartments, out of which more than 150,000 went without heat or hot water for a period of time during last winter.
- 259 out of 326 of NYCHA’s developments went without heat and/or hot water between October 1, 2018, and May 31, 2018.
The New York Post states: “[NYCHA] is under a partial federal takeover because of city mismanagement, including a lead-paint debacle…NYCHA has until October 2024 to reduce heating outages to just 15 percent of apartments during the winter under the agreement City Hall signed with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.”
According to the New York Post, a recent report released by the city’s Comptroller, Scott Stringer, reveals that the Department of Youth and Community Development, an agency entrusted to perform inspections on New York City homeless shelters that house homeless youth and runaways, covered up dangerous conditions at those shelters.
The New York Post reported that the Department of Youth and Community Development is paid an annual fee of $8 million to perform the inspections. The City Comptroller is quoted as saying the following regarding the fraudulent inspections: “The young people who need our help the most should be able to count on full and honest support from the city, but our audit found inadequate supervision, altered records, and shifting explanations at the agency that exists to help them.”
The Comptroller has placed the Homeless Services Provider Agencies on a watch list. This is the second consecutive year that the agencies have been on the Comptroller’s Agency Watch List. According to the NYC Comptroller’s website: “The Agency Watch List spotlights city agencies that raise the most budgetary concerns due to rapidly increased spending and meager measurable results.”