NYC Comptroller Stringer's Audit Found The Department of Homeless Services Places Families With Children in Shelters with Deplorable Conditions

According to the audit of the Department of Homeless Services by NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, DHS places homeless families with children in shelters plagued by rodents, mold, peeling paint, and broken windows. The audit also identified a number of operational deficiencies that contribute to the current conditions at many of the city's shelters.

"We are deeply disturbed by the findings and look forward to working with the HRA Commissioner to correct these and other deficiencies," said The Legal Aid Society's Attorney-in-Chief Seymour W. James.

"These conditions also underscore the importance of maintaining affordable housing in our communities and ensuring that housing assistance is available for homeless individuals and families to move out of the shelter system as quickly as possible."