When average length of stay is over a year and over half the families who leave shelter return, would it not make sense to address the gap in a parent's education while they wait for a viable housing option to become available?
New York City has always provided for those in need. What is in question now is how to do so in an efficient, effective, and humane way, one that is fair to both those citizens truly in need and those New Yorkers who are paying the bill.
New York has always chosen the road less travelled when it came to serving the homeless. But the city's generous right to shelter policy has become a road that brings many more to New York than we can serve.
As the New York City Council grapples with a budget that proposes cuts to child care, senior services and homeless shelters, to name a few, the handouts to corporations and big banks with little accountability or transparency are appalling.