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NYC to charge homeless for shelter

From NbcNewYork dot com: NYC Starts Charging Rent at Homeless Shelters

City officials this month began charging rent to working families staying in public homeless shelters.

The policy stems from a 1997 state law that hasn’t been enforced until now. Under that law, shelter managers started to require families to pay a portion of their income, depending on the shelter and family size, according to The New York Times. Residents could be expected to pay up to half their earnings.

Some shelter residents, such as Vanessa Dacosta, are not happy about having to pay for their own shelter.

“It’s not right,” Dacosta told the Times. “I pay my baby sitter, I buy diapers, and I’m trying to save money so I can get out of here. I don’t want to be in the shelter forever.”

At least one New Yorker, the city’s commissioner of homeless services, feels that some families aren’t paying their fair share.

“I think it’s hard to argue that families that can contribute to their shelter cost shouldn’t,” Robert Hess, the city’s commissioner of homeless services, told the Times. “I don’t see this playing out in an adverse way. Our objective is not for families to remain in shelter. Our objective is to move families back into their own homes and into the community.”

The good news is that next week president Obama will be conducting town hall meetings.  New York’s homeless should get tickets and ask Obama to pay their rent.  It appeared to work last time.

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