By Kenneth Lovett
ALBANY — A top state legislative leader says Mayor de Blasio’s plan to build 90 homeless shelters across the city over five years is “a terrible idea.”
“It’s controversial to place five homeless shelters around the city, let alone 90,” said Sen. Jeffrey Klein, who heads a breakaway group of eight Senate Democrats. “You see how people react when you place homeless people in a hotel in their community. It’s going to be outrageous.”
Rather than new shelters, the Bronx Dem is pushing a plan with Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Queens) to create a rent subsidy program to reduce reliance on homeless shelters by making it easier for people to stay in their homes.
Klein’s Senate Independent Democratic Conference and the Assembly Democrats last week included the Home Stability Support program in separate resolutions outlining their respective budget priorities. A new state budget is due by the end of the month.
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Source: The New York Daily News (via The Empire Report)