Legal Aid's Chief Attorney Calls for Permanent Housing for Homeless Families; Cluster-Site Housing Displaces Low-Income Residents
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 04, 2009

Advocates for homeless families criticize the City's cluster-site housing program,which has turned dozens of apartment buildings into homeless shelters, for displacing low-income residents and only temporarily solving the needs of homeless families at a great cost to the City.

"The City is shooting itself in the foot," Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society, told The New York Times. "It is far more costly to house families in apartments as shelter than to house them in permanent housing." One solution for housing homeless families often mentioned by advocates is the federal subsidized Section 8 housing vouchers.

Read the Times article