Monday, August 17, 2009

Subcontracting out homeless services for profit

It seemed like a lie. A posting on Fark.com on homelessness said that NYC shelters were subcontractors that were getting paid $90 person per night to house homeless people. This equals out to $2,700 a month, which seems like bank to me.

So I checked it out: Yep, it's true.

The Bushwick Economic Development Corp. worked a deal between a non-profit and a deluxe apartment building to turn its rooms into transitional apartments for homeless people, charging the city a whopping $90 a night to house them.

I can't tell if this is ingenious or scandalous...

4 comments:

shesthesheriff said...

Good for them, I'm glad the homeless get to enjoy some luxury, even if it is just for a little while. They deserve a reprieve after 25 years of having their city hi jacked by lame hipsters, yuppis, and singer songwriters with rich parents. Instead I hear Bloomberg is now issuing the homeless free tickets out of town. Literally.

Dianna said...

We are not housing any homeless in our place. Just fyi. :)

Jonathan Rubin said...

Sheriff,
I'm glad they have a nice place to stay too, but I don't think the city should be paying $2,700 a month for that. Maybe give them a tax break, or charge them some sort of "living wage charge." Didn't hear about the tickets out of town, though... Reminds me of that South Park episode....

shesthesheriff said...

Sure, and believe me it won't last, but what this amounts to, you're right, is the building owners making bank to house homeless people. And it is exorbitant for what it is, but when you compare it to other subsidies/tax breaks that cities and states give out to other businesses, at least people are benefiting directly from this money that's being spent. The real motive could be to protect the property owners anyway, there's always that angle that maybe this building is owned by a powerful developer or something.