NYC Looks To Set Aside More Housing For The Homeless

Steve Burns
December 13, 2019 - 2:00 pm
Homeless subway

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- City leaders have reached a deal that would provide more housing for the homeless every year. 

Any new development with more than 40 units that gets city funding will be required to set aside 15 percent of those units for the homeless.

That's according to a new City Council bill, which was first reported by the New York Times.

"We are in the midst of the worst homelessness crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s," said Jacquelyn Simone at the Coalition for the Homeless. "This is going to be creating hundreds if not more than a thousand new units every single year for homeless households."

Tenants would still be on the hook for rent, though they can get help from several voucher and assistance programs.

"It is going to be harnessing the development that's happening all around the city to expand the supply of apartments for homeless households," Simone told WCBS 880's Steve Burns.

Developers speaking with the Times are arguing for some flexibility, saying the city should make sure to place these units close to the appropriate social services.

The bill is expected to pass as early as next week.