NJ Mayor To Meet With NYC Mayor After Suing Over Homeless Relocation Program

Rich Lamb
December 04, 2019 - 7:31 am
New York Mayor Bill De Blaso, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka

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NEWARK, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced that he will meet with Mayor de Blasio over the controversial program that relocates homeless families in 62 New Jersey localities.

The city of Newark is suing after nearly 1,200 families have gone to Newark alone.

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"Mayor Baraka and Mayor de Blasio are making plans to meet to discuss the situation. The date is undetermined and Mayor Baraka would like to withhold any comment until after that meeting takes place," said Newark spokesman Mark Di Ionno in a statement.

Giselle Routhier, the policy director for Coalition for the Homeless says the program has more negatives than positives.

"Now the city is increasing relying on this really flawed program that gives people one years rent paid upfront and they can move anywhere they'd like. But a lot of times it is not giving people the stability they need."

The program is supposed to help families get back on their feet and even with new protocols that were added last year like having reviewing apartments in parts of New Jersey and responding to housing conditions, it doesn't always get done.

In some cases, families are forced to live in housing with run down conditions including no heat or hot water and possible pest infestations.