Need To Make Homeless Families A Priority Is Urgent As Numbers Continue To Increase
MONDAY, MAY 05, 2014

As the number of homeless families continues to increase, Mayor de Blasio announced a plan to move families out of shelters by putting them in NYCHA apartments when possible. The need to make homeless families a priority is urgent, Judith Goldiner, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice's Law Reform Unit, told the Daily News.

“There are 10,000 families in the homeless shelters, and we have to start moving them out,” she said. “It just has to start happening.”




Mayor de Blasio's housing plan gives homeless families priority in finding NYCHA apartments
New York Daily News
May 5, 2014
By Greg Smith

The mayor's plan to tackle the city's affordable housing crisis includes a policy that allows homeless families to jump the line and grab apartments that open up through the New York City Housing Authority.

Homeless families will be given priority in finding an apartment through the New York City Housing Authority.

An aggressive new effort to move homeless families from shelters into NYCHA apartments is a key part of Mayor de Blasio’s attack on the city’s affordable housing crisis.

The Housing Authority’s waiting list has grown dramatically, to 250,000 from 160,000, in a year — and the new policy will allow homeless families to effectively jump the line and grab coveted apartments when they open up.

As of March 30, nearly 11,000 families — 38,000 parents and children — were living in homeless shelters, records show.

“We have an unprecedented and absolutely unacceptable number of people in shelter in this city,” de Blasio said.

Then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg stopped giving homeless families priority for NYCHA units in 2005. Now, de Blasio says, the surge in homelessness has reached a crucial turning point that requires unusual measures

Details remain scant. NYCHA officials said they are working on a plan and time line.

Judith Goldiner of the Legal Aid Society said the need to make homeless families a priority is urgent.

"There are 10,000 families in the homeless shelters, and we have to start moving them out," she said. "It just has to start happening."