Fixing the Flaws in Homeless Policy
March 26th, 2007

Despite the Bloomberg administration’s effort to combat homelessness, the number of homeless families in the city is rising. Over the weekend, the Times looked at the issue in an editorial entitled “Homeless Maze.”

While the number of homeless single men and women has decreased, the number of homeless families reached 9,250 this month–a record high since the city began keeping records.The article cites the flaws in mayor’s five year plan, specificallythe Housing Stability Plus program, as themain cause. This program limitedhousing assistance to those on welfare, but when welfare benefits experience interruptions, so do families and landlords depending those linked housing subsidies. The Times suggests shifting some families to Section 8, a federal program, which points to the larger question of how thecity can bestdistribute the 22,000 such subsidies recently allocated to the city when thehomeless and theworking familiesare both in need.

Bloomberg’s management expertise is being increasingly questioned in his second term , but a recentNew York Observer editorial is optimistic that Bloomberg will respond well to the challenge.

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