How the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) waste taxpayers money, infuriate voters and think they can get away with it!
1) start by easing the requirements for adminission into the homeless shelter system.
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/editorial-bill-homes-article-1.1978584 (Article date Oct 20, 2014)
“Where Bloomberg offered shelter to roughly 40% of applicants, de Blasio’s team boosted the acceptance rate to 49% or more, hitting a high of nearly 57% in March.”
2) If other cities and states cannot deal with their homeless problems then take in those homeless from other jurisdiction too.
http://www.qchron.com/editions/queenswide/dhs-head-facing-tough-challenges-in-first-year/article_7630bb27-5724-5b9a-a321-c3d8cb3aab6a.html (Article date Oct 23, 2014)
“As Taylor acknowledge: while the figure isn’t as high as some people think, there are a number of out-of-state residents converging on the city and taking up space in shelters.”
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/out-of-town-homeless-families-flooding-new-york-city-shelters-article-1.1125381 (Article date July 31, 2014)
Out-of-town homeless families are flooding New York City shelters
http://observer.com/2013/09/joe-lhota-wants-to-bar-non-new-yorkers-from-homeless-shelters/ (Article date Sep 23, 2013)
As of December of 2012, 23% of adults applying to shelters listed their last home address as somewhere outside of the city.
3) Secretly move homeless into the new shelters then inform the elected officails and community boards
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/officials-blast-mayor-de-blasio-new-homeless-shelters-article-1.2027837 (Article date November 29, 2014)
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/rockaway-rehab-center-converted-homeless-shelter-article-1.1869846 (Article date July 16, 2014)
http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2014/11/7/greenpoint-homeless-shelter-angers-neighbors (Article date Oct 23, 2014)
4) Ignore petitiions, letters, opinions and criticisms from everybody including civic groups, communinty boards and elected officials as DHS answers to nobody.
US House of Representative Grace Meng
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer
New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm
New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky
New York City Councilman Costa Constantinides, US House of Representative Joseph Crowley, New York State Senator
Jose Peralta, and New York State Assembly-woman Aravella Simotas
New York State Senator James Sanders and Councilman Donovan Richards
New York City Councilman Paul Vallone
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr
5) It is alright if the local residents protest as they will become tire and go-away. Beside, Mayor de Blasio won by a landslide, losing a few thousands votes will be nothing
6) No need to inform other city agencies like the Department of Education, Police Precincts, Fire houses, hospitals as it is a done deal and their inputs are not needed.
7) Plan for more homeless shelters
8) Why fix the problem of homelessness when opening more homeless shelters will expand DHS’s budget and provide employees with more job security?
For this fiscal year, the mayor added $105 for family shelters, bringing total spending on these shelters to a record high of $574 million, according to the mayor’s financial plan released in November.
(Article date December 23, 2014)
Commissioner Gilbert Taylor
Department of Homeless Services
33 Beaver Street – 17th Floor
New York, NY 10004
212-361-7972 – office
212-361-7977 – fax
Kesha Joyner – executive secretary to commissioner Taylor: Kjoyner@dhs.nyc.gov