[Hpn] NYC, NY - Emergency Rent Aid: a partial solution to the city's homeless problem - New York Times - August 15, 2002

Editor Editor <hccjr@bellsouth.net>
Thu, 15 Aug 2002 07:37:08 -0500


Emergency Rent Aid
There is a partial solution to the city's homeless problem that Mayor
Michael R. Bloomberg seems to be overlooking: making better use
of existing emergency rental assistance programs.

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To the Editor: BOB BACIGALUPI - New York Times - August 15, 2002

Re "A Jail Becomes a Shelter, and Maybe a Mayor's Albatross"
(news analysis, Aug. 13): There is a partial solution to the
city's homeless problem that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg seems to
be overlooking: making better use of existing emergency rental
assistance programs.

In most cases, homelessness follows an eviction for nonpayment of
rent. Since the 1970's, government policy makers have concluded
that it is cheaper to spend thousands of dollars to pay rent
arrears than tens of thousands to pay for the care of families in
shelters.

As a result, the city carried out several rental assistance
programs, but barriers to their use were erected during the
Giuliani administration.

Mayor Bloomberg should immediately take steps to revitalize these
programs and make them more accessible. 

BOB BACIGALUPI   New York, Aug. 13, 2002 
The writer is coordinating attorney for welfare for
Legal Services


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