Work For Shelter - NYC's new policy of "self-sufficiency" FWD

Tom Boland (
Tue, 26 Oct 1999 18:43:16 -0700 (PDT)

What's your opinion of the "Work For Shelter" policy in New York City?

Would it help homeless families and individuals in your town toward
economic "self-sufficiency"?

Why or why not?
FWD  Los Angeles Times - Tuesday, October 26, 1999


NEW YORK -- For the first time, homeless people looking for
housing in city shelters will have to work for it under a policy
scheduled to take effect by the end of the year.

The homeless who are able to work but fail to comply with the
rule could be refused shelter, said Anthony Coles, an adviser to Mayor
Rudolph Giuliani. In the case of families, children could be put in
foster care.

"Ultimately, the city is asking parents to take responsibility for
themselves and to take responsibility for their children," Coles said in
today's New York Times.

It was unclear how the policy would be applied to the disabled
or mentally ill.

The Giuliani administration is ready to apply the new rule to
4,600 families in the city's shelter system in about 60 days. The
administration expects the rule to also apply to 7,000 homeless single

Many parents in city homeless shelters already work in exchange
for welfare benefits while their children are in shelter day care.

The work requirement is supported by 1997 state social services
self-sufficiency. The rule was legally challenged by advocates for the
homeless and was not immediately applied in the city.

The advocates objected that the new rule threatened to send
hundreds of homeless children and adults onto the streets. Last
February, an appellate court ruled against the objections.


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