NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking New York City landlords to make vacant units in their buildings available to homeless families in exchange for cash rewards.
The mayor is making the appeal in recorded 45-second telephone messages.
In the robocall, he tells landlords they have an opportunity to fill vacancies in their building and receive a $1,000 bonus from the city. The bonus is in addition to city funds that help homeless families with rent.
“We are investing in placing responsible and ready sheltered families in good, affordable housing,” de Blasio says in the call. “Responsible residents are ready to move into homes and we are ready to work with you.”