The State of New York spends billions yearly helping homeless people. The fiscal budget for the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance in 2019 was almost $6 Billion.
Even after U.S. officials have spent the most money on homelessness every recorded in the world, New York homeless shelters are in dire straits:
Sixty percent of New York’s homeless shelters are unsafe, according to an audit released by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
The report looked at 150 shelters visited during the spring of 2019. Some of the shelters had mold, bug problems and lacked smoke detectors.
The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance needs to do a better job overseeing the shelters, DiNapoli said.
“New York’s homeless population deserves to be housed in a safe and dignified setting,” DiNapoli said.
DiNapoli made several recommendations that include making sure any violations are fixed and improving OTDA policies involving violations.
Source: The Center Square