Mayor Bill de blasio set to outline a multi-faceted plan to combat the city’s unprecedented rise in homelessness today. The plan includes a rent-subsidy plan for those living in shelters that would cost $80 million - the de Blasio administration plans to ask the state for $40 million to fund the program. More than 53,000 people sleep in city homeless shelters, including 23,000 children. The program would target families that have been in the shelter system for more than a year with a member who has been working a job for a period of months. The plan would help about 800 families annually, with the subsidy initially lasting three years and an option to renew for two more years. The plan aims to subsidize housing for far fewer families compared to the former Advantage subsidy plan that was cancelled in 2012 after the state cut off funding - but, it is designed to provide subsidies to each participating family for longer than Advantage did. In its last year of operation the Advantage program helped 5,000 families leave the shelter system for an apartment, but many argue that the subsidy was provided for too short a time.
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