Budget Cuts Threaten NYC Homeless Program

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City said a program that helps keep thousands of homeless off the streets will not be able to accept new applicants due to state budget cuts.

The Advantage rental subsidy program allows people who find stable jobs to leave homeless shelters by providing housing subsidies for up to two years.

Seth Diamond, the commissioner of homeless services, says the city would have to build 70 new shelters if the program is eliminated.

Diamond says the program will not be able to accept new applicants after Monday. It will not affect people already in the program.

According to The New York Times, the governor’s spokesman said in a statement that regardless of the anticipated cuts, the city has the funds to continue the program.

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  • lil lady

    I am with you Defender!!! What the hell are you talking about Lem???

  • PaPa Joe

    Why not pick on the homeless? After all, they don’t have a voice, they’re vulnerable, they probably don’t vote and they’re useless, right? Wrong ! They are people and we, as people, depending on circumstances, may be a paycheck or two away from the street. Sure, some homeless people are lazy and phonies, but I’d rather live with that than to throw away the rest. That’s the reason I help out, as a server in a “soup” kitchen.

  • Lem

    The church? In God’s name The church has nothing to do with this. The church is concerned with the afterlife. I agree this is a problem, though. The city will become a toilet again– like the 1970s. A place needs to be found to corral these people.

  • Paul


  • Defender

    Where in God’s name is the church? Why isn’t the church defending the poor?
    How long will it take them to see through the political rouse called balancing the budget which mysteriously appear after they (GOP) spent all the money?

    The church used to care and now…………

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