Mayor Bloomberg Says People Stay Homeless Because the Shelters Are So Damn Nice
More than 18,000 children, and more than 43,000 people overall, were living in shelters as of two weeks ago, numbers requiring the opening of nine new shelters in the last two months, the Times reports. All of them will presumably come with Whirlpools and complimentary eggs Benedict in bed, according to Bloomberg’s billionaire logic.
But the mayor, despite his out-of-touch bumblings, likely knows full well what’s going on, even beyond the glossed-over crummy economy:
One likely cause of the increase is the phasing out of a signature Bloomberg administration program called Advantage, which gave employed homeless people rent subsidies for up to two years, part of an effort to help them transition toward self-sufficiency.
The state withdrew its financial support last year, leading to the loss of federal funding, as well. The city, which had previously provided only a third of the financing, said it could not continue the program with only its own money.
“The mayor’s assertion that homeless New Yorkers are staying in shelters longer because they’re ‘much more pleasurable’ is shocking and offensive,” said the executive director of the Coalition for the Homeless in the Post, which even had to laugh at Mike’s ridiculousness. “Mayor Bloomberg systematically closed every single path to affordable housing once available to homeless families with vulnerable children. His failed policies are the major factor leading to the record shelter population this summer.”