Why won’t New York Target Federal Housing Aid to the Homeless

While searching for information on preventative measures of homelessness I came across some information that would have Orlando residents flaming hot over some of the actions New York City mayor has done to make it even tougher for the homeless to attain suitable affordable housing. As if homeless people through-out the city of New York do not deserve to be included in the same voucher programs that allow the usage of Section 8 for the purpose of assisting those that are low-incomed. At a time in which ones economic status could be that access point in getting the much needed attention to assist the living conditions some families are currently facing, homeless people in the state of New York have been excluded from the federal assumption of funding aimed to assist the low-incomed.

“An extensive body of careful research has demonstrated that housing vouchers are critically important both for preventing families with children from becoming homeless and for helping those who do enter the shelter system to leave it for permanent housing and not become homeless again….For families who do become homeless, housing vouchers are an extensively tested and demonstrably effective tool for moving to permanent housing and remaining stably housed.” – Jill Khadduri (2008), Abt Associates and former senior HUD official, research review prepared for Homelessness Research Institute

Beginning in 2005, the Bloomberg administration dramatically changed 20 years of City policy – cutting off homeless from priority for Federal housing programs including Section 8 vouchers and public housing. Currently, Homeless policies are taking new light as the definition homelessness is under fire. Anyone without their own housing is stated to being homeless under the current assumption of the term. An assumption that under certain city, municipality, metropolitan standards does not included affordable housing efforts to expand to include transitional efforts of those that are homeless seeking affordable housing measures.

“Formerly homeless families are generally quite similar to other low-income families. Homelessness for most is not a protracted experience, and housing subsidies alone are sufficient to allow the vast majority to leave shelter and maintain stable housing in the community.” – Marybeth Shinn (2009), Vanderbilt University, research review prepared for
Enterprise Foundation and the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Why? How could the Mayor come in and just rearrange the way the low-incomed and homeless had been provided assistance through-out a city that thrives on the popularity and extremes take to bring forth the attention of poverished and homeless residents in need? Those that are in need and are currently homeless has risen since the action had been suggested and made and since more and more people are turning out to seek the potentials of shelters. Subsidized housing succeeds in curing homelessness among families, regardless of behavioral disorders or other conditions. No wonder the homeless that were offered those free plane tickets over the summer were so anxious to leave the state this summer, there is absolutely no help for those that are homeless in the city of New York. Man!

Something has to be done about this issue. Between the rising shelter rates that are being witnessed through-out the city as well as the 30 to 40 percent of homeless people that are not eligible for low-income housing something has to be done to express a universal assumption of low-income housing. Federal housing programs are a proven, cost-effective way of reducing family homelessness. The act of targeting Federal housing aid to homeless families will reduce the family shelter population and save City and State taxpayer dollars – a high priority given the fiscal crisis.


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