Plan to Charge Homeless Rent for Shelters Withdrawn, for Now


Remember that new city policy of charging the homeless rent for shelters? It’s been reversed, at least temporarily. Homeless advocates were going ballistic, and the Times says the program was administrated haphazardly, with erroneous charges sent to some working homeless who were deemed sufficiently solvent to pay rent (which of course would have doomed their chances of ever being not homeless). We’ll see if this is an excuse to just revoke and forget about this dismal plan, or whether they try to sneak it back in later.

This seems a good time to mention that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which Obama signed into law in February, sent $1.5 billion to state and local homeless services, and New York City is expected to get about $74 million to help house homeless residents under its care.