De Blasio’s homeless policy creates more problems than it solves!
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the Republican nominee and common sense alternative to Bill de Blasio in the race for mayor today called on Bill de Blasio to be transparent and release information regarding the city’s practice of housing the homeless in recently built apartment complexes, paying exorbitant sums to landlords while at the same forcing rent paying tenants and their families in the buildings into the unenviable and dangerous situation of literally living in the middle of a homeless shelter.
Malliotakis cited the case of 1802 Crotona Avenue in the Bronx , a newly constructed building where 44 of the building’s 55 units are being used to house homeless families and where, according to reports in the media, even rent paying tenants are patted down by security guards when entering the building due to the mayhem created by the homeless residents. Malliotakis called the situation, “something that could only happen in Bill de Blasio’s New York and a shocking example of how the de Blasio administration continues to waste the taxpayers money, puts market rate renters and their families at risk, drives up affordable rents and destabilizes neighborhoods with a homeless policy that creates more problems than it solves.”
Under city policy landlords can be paid up to $3,000 per month for apartments used to house homeless families. The payments doled out by the city tend to be much higher than the rent paid by market rate tenants; creating a clear incentive for landlords and developers to enter into the program.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “What has taken place at 1802 Crotona Avenue in the Bronx and other buildings around the city are perfect examples of a major flaw in Bill de Blasio’s homeless policies and a recurring issue in many of the problems the de Blasio administration faces. Once again, Bill de Blasio has proved that just because you throw money at a problem doesn’t mean you’re going to fix it.
“This is something that could only happen in Bill de Blasio’s New York and a shocking example of how the de Blasio administration continues to waste the taxpayers money, puts market rate renters and their families at risk, drives up affordable rents and destabilizes neighborhoods with a homeless policy that creates more problems than it solves
“I don’t know who to feel the more sorry for: the rent paying tenants whose lives have been upended and families put at risk, the hard working New Yorkers who have been either been denied an apartment or paid more for one due to the high rents paid by the city, the neighborhood that is being destabilized by the influx of over 40 homeless families at one location or those among the homeless who were looking for a hand-up and instead find the themselves being warehoused in a building surrounded by the crime, mental illness, addiction and chaos they were hoping to escape.
“At last night’s debate, Bill de Blasio carried on about how transparent he and his administration have been during his first term. So, let’s put that claim to the test. Today, I call on Mayor de Blasio to release to the media and the taxpayers:
- The number of apartment units currently being rented to house the homeless.
- The average cost per unit per month.
- The number of times the NYPD responds to incidents at these buildings in an average month.
A list of the owners/developers/landlords with identification of those who have contributed to the mayor’s political campaigns or any other committees or non profits that the mayor or his wife are or have been associated with.
“The mayor bragged during last night’s debate that he has taken on the ‘landlord lobby’, it’s time to see how much of the taxpayer’s money is actually being paid to greedy landlords in search of a quick profit.”