The Dope from Park Slope

Failures of de Blasio and his inept minions:

Since day one after taking office, Mayor de Blasio has been a disaster for the people of Elmhurst, the immigrants of Queens, and every New Yorkers. We hope facts on this page will help voters in their decisions on choosing the next mayor of New York City in 2017.

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Born: Warren Wilhelm, Jr (Disowned his father’s name and heritage, changed name to Bill de Blasio) (May 8, 1961)
occupation: Mayor of New York City
Previous occupation: Public Advocate of New York City
Salary:$225,000
Education: New York University (B.A.), Columbia University (M.A.)
Known for: Chronic lateness; inflated ego with national aspiration as a progressive leader; a traitor to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; not holding town halls meeting; being snubbed by hundreds of NYPD for the death of police officers WenJian Liu and Rafael Ramos; scolding (Tony Aeillo) and dodging reporter’s questions.

De Blasio is the dope from Park slope because he is spending (FY2016) 1.6 billion dollars and counting of taxpayer’s money to convert hotels into homeless shelters without community inputs to house ex-cons, rapists, sex-offenders, and child predators in our neighborhoods.

The following newsclip is from October 21,2016 From Pix11:

Octobber 10, 2017
Elect Bill de Blasio and get 80+ more homeless shelters and 4 more jails in your borough

September 18, 2017

Nicole Malliotakis, the Republican candidate challenging Mayor Bill de Blasio will speak at the Pan Am Shelter, 79-00 Queens Boulevard (Hillyer Street side) on Wednesday, September 20, at 12:30PM.

Please join us as she highlights the Mayor’s failed homeless policy and viable solutions for the City. Please stay tuned for any updates to this Press Conference.

Thank you for your continued support.

Elmhurst United

9月20日12时30分,市长候选人玛丽奥的重要新闻发布会

共和党市长候选人玛丽奥(Nicole Malliotakis)将于9月20日(星期三)下午12:30在位于皇后大道79-00号( Hillyer街口)的泛美收容所举行新闻发布会。

请带朋友来参加,因为她会抨击目前市长失败的游民政策和提供可行的解决方案。请关注本新闻发布会的任何更新消息。

艾姆赫斯特联合会敬上

Link to Nicole’s campaign: https://nicolemalliotakis.com/

September 9, 2016
Watch this debate and if you feel Bill de Blasio is a corrupt official then it is your responsibility as a New Yorker and a US citizen to vote this bozo out on Election Day!!!

October 12, 2017
De Blasio’s Homelessness Struggle

“We have the highest number of people in shelter in the history of this city,” he said in December, 2013. “The highest number of people who are homeless in any sense literally since the Great Depression. And it simply can’t continue.”

At that point, 51,018 New Yorkers were homeless.

As mayor, de Blasio promised to use a different strategy to tackle homelessness. But since he came into office, the number of people in the shelter system has increased by 17 percent. Currently, more than 60,000 people live in shelters. Meanwhile, the Department of Homeless Services’ budget has ballooned from $900 million to $1.6 billion.

http://www.wnyc.org/story/de-blasios-homelessness-struggle/

September 29, 2017
De Blasio’s latest broken promise on homelessness

Nearly two years ago after Mayor de Blasio unveiled his $2.6 billion plan to create 15,000 units of supportive housing for the homeless, the program’s running . . . almost two years behind.

As The Post’s Yoav Gonen reported this week, just 48 of the 550 units de Blasio vowed would be operating by now actually are.

http://nypost.com/2017/09/29/de-blasios-latest-broken-promise-on-homelessness/

September 27, 2017
LOIS WEISS: Four More Years Of De Blasio? Really?

Are building owners and property tax payers ready for four more years of being beaten up by Mayor Bill de Blasio as he tries to play the savior of unions and affordable rental housing on a national stage at the expense of maintaining order in the city?

https://www.bisnow.com/new-york/news/economy/lois-weiss-bill-de-blasio-79631

September 22, 2017
Tish James to city: Stop converting rent-stabilized units into homeless shelters

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to curb homelessness in New York City is exacerbating the housing crisis, according to New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, who is calling on the mayor to stop allowing landlords of rent-stabilized apartments to turn their buildings into homeless shelters.
The city has $98 million in contracts out with such building owners, who ironically are chipping away at the stock of affordable rental housing by repurposing their buildings for temporary quarters for the city’s homeless.

https://therealdeal.com/2017/09/22/tish-james-to-city-stop-converting-rent-stabilized-apartments-into-homeless-shelters/

September 15, 2017
Mayor’s Affordable Housing Not Helping People Who Need it Most, Study Says

“In order to make a dent in the homelessness crisis, we must increase the number of units developed for households who earn less than $25,000 a year — households that are not served by the private market,” states the report from the RAFA coalition, which includes groups such as Legal Aid Society, United Neighborhood Houses, and Tenants & Neighbors.

https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20170915/crown-heights/affordable-housing-de-blasio-homeless-crisis

August 29, 2017
Bad Landlords Poised To Profit On De Blasio Plan To Turn Rent-Stabilized Buildings Into Long-Term Homeless Shelters

The Department of Homeless Services is quietly finalizing more than $98 million in contracts that would turn five apartment buildings currently part of the notoriously mismanaged cluster site program into homeless shelters, and maintain six more as cluster sites for at least the next three years.
These privately-owned buildings, located in Brooklyn and the Bronx, have more than 300 apartments between them and are either partially or entirely occupied by homeless families. Rather than convert them to low-rental housing and provide residents with tenant protections, as Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged last January, DHS is planning to maintain them as family shelters (a tactic referenced in the mayor’s February homelessness game plan). Advocates say this will reward negligent landlords who already benefit from the cluster program’s large payouts and lax oversight.
“The city is rewarding harassing behavior,” said Scott Hutchins, a member of Picture the Homeless who has been homeless himself since 2012.

http://gothamist.com/2017/08/29/landlords_rent_cluster_sites.php

July 26, 2017
‘Read my lips: I don’t care’: De Blasio on homeless email exposé’

​Asked about repeated denials by his spokesmen that the ord​​er ​was given ​to roust vagrants from the 4th Avenue/9th Street and Jay Street/MetroTech stations ​for a mayoral press event ​on Sunday morning,​ the mayor said, “I don’t care my friend, because it does not matter.” ​​

http://nypost.com/2017/07/26/i-dont-care-de-blasio-gets-snotty-about-homeless-email-expose/

July 23, 2017
Homeless people are ‘kicked off the subway’ so New York Mayor Bill de Blasio could have a ‘clean photo-op’

Police reportedly removed all vagabonds from two stations ahead of the mayor’s four-stop press event as he rode from his Park Slope gym to his new re-election headquarters in downtown Brooklyn.
Authorities allegedly had until 11.00am to make sure the Fourth Avenue/Ninth Street and Jay Street/MetroTech F train stations ‘looked nice’.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4723640/Homeless-people-removed-subway-Blasio-ride.html

July 23, 2017
More street homeless than ever in NYC under de Blasio

The city has reported a 39 percent increase in homelessness over 2016, with its annual homeless count recording 3,892 people living on the streets in February — the highest number since the survey began in 2005.

http://nypost.com/2017/07/23/homelessness-in-new-york-city-is-on-the-rise/

July 21, 2017
de Blasio, the Cowardly Lion


http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/07/21/woman-confronts-de-blasio/

July 17, 2017
Bill de Blasio’s Big Homelessness Problem

In short, homelessness is both de Blasio’s single largest policy failure as mayor and, therefore, a critical election year vulnerability.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/bill-de-blasios-big-homelessness-problem

July 17, 2017
De Blasio’s Homeless Hypocrisy

New York’s mayor sneers at struggling street dwellers while opening the city’s arms to illegal aliens.

https://www.city-journal.org/html/de-blasios-homeless-hypocrisy-15348.html

July 7, 2017
Albanese: Bill de Blasio is the ‘biggest a–hole’ in City Hall

Leading Republican candidate Nicole Malliotakis also piled on after the Hizzoner appeared on radio Friday morning claiming that he can run the city from anywhere in the world.

“It’s ridiculous. How can he run the city from anywhere? He can’t even run the city when he’s here,” she fumed to The Post.

De Blasio jetted off just days after the assassination of NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia.

“To leave the city when the city and the NYPD is mourning the assassination of an officer is unconscionable,” Malliotakis added.

http://nypost.com/2017/07/07/albanese-bill-de-blasio-is-the-biggest-a-hole-in-city-hall/

June 13, 2017
Parents blast Mayor de Blasio at rally for failure to disclose teacher discipline information

About 100 people with reform group StudentsFirstNY say the de Blasio administration has not fulfilled their Freedom of Information Law requests on teacher discipline and work assignments — despite the asks being two years old.

Brooklyn mom Nicole Thomas said a teacher at her kids’ school was removed for sexually molesting children in his music class.
“What are they doing to make this not happen again?” she asked.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/parents-blast-de-blasio-rally-not-providing-teacher-info-article-1.3242645

June 9, 2017
Goodwin: While De Blasio Whined in Germany, Trump Was Our Defender

The mayor was in full Putz mode as he abandoned his City Hall post to join the anarchists, socialists and violent leftists trying to disrupt the G-20 summit. In the history of low moments in New York politics, de Blasio’s stunt stands out.

His decision to join an international rabble marked by vandalism and violence to “protest” Trump, the head of his own country and a citizen of his own city, shows where the mayor’s heart is.

Politically, it’s foolish — the city needs federal cash, and biting the hand that feeds is never wise.

http://nation.foxnews.com/2017/07/09/goodwin-while-de-blasio-whined-germany-trump-was-our-defender

June 12, 2017
CBS2 Exclusive: ‘It’s Not Fair,’ Safety Officer Slams De Blasio Over Tickets, Parking Placards

School safety agents were crying foul on Monday saying they were the victims of Mayor de Blasio’s controversial plan to dole out more parking placards charging that they got tickets, while teachers got immunity.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/06/12/de-blasio-parking-placards/

June 8, 2017
Mayor de Blasio expects $500G legal tab to rise: ‘We have not figured it out’

De Blasio disclosed he owes between $250,000 and $499,999 to law firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel on a financial disclosure released last week — but said Thursday he expects the final tab incurred in a series of investigations into his fundraising tactics will get bigger.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/de-blasio-expects-500g-legal-tab-rise-unsure-pay-article-1.3231987

June 6, 2017
Bill de Blasio: Imperial Hypocrite

On the very day that he condemned President Donald Trump for pulling out of the Paris Agreement and said all New Yorkers must change their lifestyle to curb carbon emissions, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he personally was exempt. When asked why he traveled in a two-SUV caravan to his favorite Brooklyn gym five days a week, the mayor responded to a caller on WNYC, “I wish my life was like everyone else’s, but it’s not, for obvious reasons. But again, the issue is not cheap symbolism here.”

http://observer.com/2017/06/new-york-city-mayor-bill-de-blasio-climate-change-hypocrite/

May 29, 2017
Why Have So Many Women Quit on Mayor de Blasio?

One factor mentioned repeatedly was the mayor’s management style. It can be deliberative to the point of plodding, and several people said that it had produced a high level of frustration among top officials. They said that promising projects sometimes go many months awaiting approval or simply languish, drowned in a flood of memos, indecision and political strategizing.

Another factor cited by some who frequently dealt with the mayor involved his personality; he often lectures his staff during meetings in what people describe as a condescending tone, and he is known for berating or belittling subordinates in front of others or shooting off emails criticizing them in brusque terms.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/29/nyregion/why-have-so-many-women-quit-on-mayor-de-blasio.html?_r=0

May 24, 2017
De Blasio to spend taxpayers’ money to fix parking mess he created

Mayor Bill de Blasio is going to shell out taxpayers’ money to fix a problem he made worse in the first place — with the city hiring 100 new parking enforcers in the wake of his decision to hand out 50,000 parking placards to school staff.

In addition to the new NYPD traffic agents, the mayor will create a 16-member “anti-placard fraud unit” and assign cops to blitz the areas around schools, police station houses and courthouses.

http://nypost.com/2017/05/24/de-blasio-admits-parking-placards-are-being-misused/

May 4, 2017
Shelters and jails, de Blasio’s new homes for us!

What a hypocrite! Mayor Bill de Blasio came into office talking about a “tale of two cities,” one white and wealthy, and the other Black, Brown and poor. Now through gentrification he’s building new affordable homes for the white middle class and through budget allocations he’s building shelters and jails, the new homes for poor struggling Black and Brown people. This policy is the height of hypocrisy!

http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2017/may/04/shelters-and-jails-de-blasios-new-homes-us/

March 5, 2017
Shelter: The wrong answer to the crisis

A lawsuit with the city and the state resolved in 1979 gave birth to a right here in New York, unique among American cities, for individuals to have a place to stay. That right was later extended to families.

Back at the time it was established, when so many people suddenly began appearing on our doorsteps and streets, and in our parks and subways, that right was an important breakthrough. Requiring government to provide emergency shelter was the humane thing to do, especially when the problem was thought to be a short-term crisis that would soon be solved with a robust affordable housing effort.

History, however, proved everyone wrong. Nearly four decades later, we have a mammoth shelter system that warehouses more than 60,000 people every night, for which we have the pleasure of paying over $1 billion, a price tag that increases every year.

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/shelter-wrong-answer-crisis-article-1.2988298

February 22, 2017
NYC’s homeless shelter crisis may cost $200M more than Mayor de Blasio’s proposed budget, report says

Shelter spending comes out to about $23,300 per person.
Homeless spending has surged in part because the city is using expensive commercial hotels to house homeless families, according to IBO. De Blasio has vowed to phase out the practice, but it continues to be widespread.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-homeless-crisis-cost-200m-year-report-article-1.2979388

February 16, 2017
City Hall checks into more hotels

Addabbo said while no major incidents have taken place near the hotel, the use of it creates “anxiety” for nearby residents.
“Our Queens economy is now suffering because who wants to stay at a hotel in Queens?” he later asked.
When questioned if he sees an end to the use of hotels as shelters, Addabbo said that will only happen if de Blasio loses his seat.
“The only way we’re going to get a new policy is if we get a new mayor,” he said.

http://www.qchron.com/editions/queenswide/city-hall-checks-into-more-hotels/article_f6f1738e-5ff2-5b09-ae46-6f845a3d9586.html?_dc=730323528793.7806

February 15, 2017
City spending on homeless to hit $2.3B this fiscal year

City spending on the homeless in this fiscal year is poised to reach $2.3 billion — nearly double the $1.2 billion spent three years ago, Comptroller Scott Stringer said Wednesday.

http://nypost.com/2017/02/15/city-spending-on-homeless-to-hit-2-3b-this-fiscal-year/

February 14, 2017
De Blasio Under Fire For Not Discussing Homelessness, Other Issues In State Of The City Address

CBS2 homeless consultant Robert Mascali, a former deputy commissioner for the Department of Homeless Services, was stunned. He noted that for months, Mayor de Blasio has been promising a new plan to fight homelessness.

“I was surprised, because in a recent survey, 96 percent of New Yorkers said that homelessness was a serious issue,” Mascali said. “So how would you not address that in the State of the City speech?”

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/02/14/de-blasio-state-of-city/

February 08, 2017
Child abuse and neglect cases, homeless shelter population on rise in NYC, Mayor de Blasio reports

The report also detailed more bad news regarding another of the mayor’s headaches: the rising tide of homeless.

The average number of homeless individuals staying in shelters each day rose between 8% and 12% in all categories over the same time period from 2015 to last year.

Since de Blasio arrived at City Hall, the total shelter population has jumped from 53,000 to 60,000.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/child-abuse-cases-homelessness-rise-nyc-de-blasio-reports-article-1.2967893

February 04, 2017
Lew’s View: De Blasio takes a beating in Albany

Several of the multiple investigations of his administration are coming to an end and some think it is highly likely de Blasio will be indicted.

You could certainly see that the mayor’s stress level was at an all-time high as he was grilled this week by state lawmakers in Albany. After testifying, the mayor took an outrageous and totally unprecedented step of not answering any questions from the press. He in fact blamed the press for many of his problems.

http://www.fox5ny.com/news/233366350-story

January 31, 2017
How much more dopey can de Blasio get!

De Blasio Slammed For Characterizing Drunken Driving As ‘Minor Offense’ Not Warranting Deportation

De Blasio made the remarks on CNN, defending New York as a sanctuary city and his policy of protecting immigrants who commit “very minor” offenses from deportation. He was asked if grand larceny or drunken driving is a “very minor” offense.

“Drunk driving that does not lead to any other negative outcome, I could define as that,” de Blasio responded.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/01/31/de-blasio-dwi-minor-offense/

January 30, 2017

IDC Senator Felder rips de Blasio for punitively over-taxing, over-ticketing and over-fining poor and working class New Yorkers to fund his failed policies!

Wait for it….. It gets interesting at 8:30

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT6kplFN6e0

January 17, 2017
Many Inmates Move from Prison to Shelters, Despite Efforts to Get Them Homes

From what Henderson has observed—and as many of the people our reporters spoke with have corroborated, including one case manager who estimated the number may be as high as 60 percent to 70 percent—correctional facilities are still actively discharging people to shelters.

http://citylimits.org/2017/01/17/many-inmates-move-from-prison-to-shelters-despite-efforts-to-get-them-homes/

Along with NYC, Washington DC is one three cities in the US that have Right-to-Shelter laws and their mayor is trying to close the out-of-towners loophole while our mayor, the dope from Park Slope is still in denial.

January 16, 2017
Wake up de Blasio! Require homeless individuals seeking shelter to provide proof of residency like Washington DC before NYC becomes bankrupted.

Wut? DC mayor wants to kick out the homeless but defend illegal aliens?

In September, D.C.’s Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser introduced the Homeless Services Modernization Amendment Act, in order to update and improve the 2005 Homeless Services Reform Act. The proposed legislation would now require homeless individuals seeking shelter to provide proof of residency, to ensure that District residents receive priority. “We have an obligation to serve our residents. But we cannot serve the entire region,” Bowser told Fox 5 in November. “We’re serving everybody else’s residents. We can’t serve our own. Our own residents are standing at the back of the line.”

https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2017/01/wut-dc-mayor-wants-to-kick-out-the-homeless-but-defend-illegal-aliens#sthash.RVVLxQsQ.dpuf

January 10, 2017
Politicians have left the city one crisis away from financial ruin

Monday, the Fiscal Times — an online outfit that reports on various governments’ finances — reported that out of 116 big American cities, New York is No. 2 when it comes to the risk of going dead broke.

http://nypost.com/2017/01/10/politicians-have-left-the-city-one-crisis-away-from-financial-ruin/

January 3, 2017
Record homelessness is a sharp rebuke to Bill de Blasio’s progressive agenda for New York City.

As a Legal Aid Society lawyer, Steven Banks—the administration’s top social worker—fought for years to establish and then expand a right to shelter for homeless families with children. During the Bloomberg years, roughly 20 percent of those seeking free shelter got it right away; with Banks at the helm, that figure has risen to over 50 percent. Banks and de Blasio opened the spigot yet somehow seem startled by the increased volume.

http://www.city-journal.org/html/homelessness-mayor-14923.html

December 29, 2016
De Blasio ‘dissatisfied’ with efforts against homelessness

Six months after downplaying the homelessness crisis, Mayor de Blasio on Thursday pointed to his administration’s inability to get a handle on the issue as his biggest disappointment of the year.

http://nypost.com/2016/12/29/de-blasio-dissatisfied-with-efforts-against-homelessness/

December 14, 2016
The downside of NYC’s homeless shelter generosity by Karen Hinton (Mayor de Blasio’s ex-press secretary)

Did they come here for medical services for Scylee, who had a rare congenital malformation? Or was it, as their father Peter said, so the girls could grow up in a big city with big opportunities? Or was it because he knew the city must, under law, provide housing for him and his family if they couldn’t afford it?

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/downside-nyc-homeless-shelter-generosity-article-1.2909738

December 14, 2016
City forfeited $8 million in tax revenue over the last year as it doled out hotel rooms to homeless families

A report released Wednesday by Controller Scott Stringer found the city spent nearly $73 million on commercial hotel rooms for homeless families over the last year.

That included 60 nights in rooms going for $629 at a Times Square hotel that upped its rates because the General Assembly was in session at the United Nations, and 815 nights for rooms in two Times Square hotels where the rates topped $400 per night.

Normally a guest would have to pay 9.75% hotel taxes and a $2 surcharge per night, all of which would flow back to the city.
But because the city is exempt from paying taxes, the Department of Homeless Services forfeited collecting $8 million in tax revenue on those rooms.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/city-missed-8m-tax-revenue-hotel-rooms-homeless-article-1.2911006

December 11, 2016
EXCLUSIVE: Christian non-profit evicts Queens apartment residents to convert building into homeless shelter

But tenants were told the three-story, 39-unit brick building that serves as a dormitory as well as housing for missionaries and others was slated to be used as a homeless shelter as soon as January.

“It makes no sense that they are moving in a homeless shelter but they are causing other people to be homeless,” Burgmaier said.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/non-profit-evicts-queens-tenants-build-homeless-shelter-article-1.2906405

December 8, 2016: The Dope strikes again
City will increase the number of hotel rooms housing homeless New Yorkers by more than 500

City comptroller Scott M. Stringer–who this week approved the city’s request for emergency spending to increase the hotel rooms, despite his “deep misgivings” about the approach–says that it costs an average of $6,570 a month to house a family in a hotel, as compared with $2,740 for a cluster apartment.

https://www.6sqft.com/city-will-increase-the-number-of-hotel-rooms-housing-homeless-new-yorkers-by-more-than-500/

December 7, 2016
What’s really driving the homeless crisis

After three years of blaming his predecessors, Mayor de Blasio has finally deigned to take ownership of the homeless crisis. How nice.

The shelter population — 60,686 as of Monday — continues to hit record highs, with no end in sight.
As for de Blasio’s affordable-housing plans: No less than Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, the former deputy mayor for health and human services, told WNYC radio that the mayor won’t be able to build his way out of the crisis.

Barrios-Paoli resigned last year — reportedly after being ignored by de Blasio, who even then was informally taking Banks’ guidance on homeless policy. “When you find yourself riding a dead horse, you dismount,” she said in a recent interview.

Until the mayor wakes up and sees Banks as a dead horse, he’s going to keep on coming up short on homelessness.
http://nypost.com/2016/12/07/whats-really-driving-the-homeless-crisis/

December 7, 2016
What’s really driving the homeless crisis

Here’s a different possible explanation: In the de Blasio era, about 50 percent of those who apply to enter shelters — that is, to be declared officially “homeless,” with a legal right to shelter — are granted it.

Back when Michael Bloomberg was mayor, it was routinely around 20 percent.

http://nypost.com/2016/12/07/whats-really-driving-the-homeless-crisis/

December 7, 2016
De Blasio finally accepts blame for city’s homeless crisis

“I own it,” he said on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer program on Wednesday. “I have to own everything — the things that work, the things that didn’t.”

A year ago, the administration was singing a different tune by continuing to point fingers at predecessors for the ever-increasing homeless population.

“It’s a problem that we inherited but we are putting in place the programs to address it,” homeless services czar Steven Banks told reporters in December 2015.

http://nypost.com/2016/12/07/de-blasio-finally-accepts-blame-for-citys-homeless-crisis/

November 26, 2016
Data reveals NYC relying more on commercial homeless hotels despite de Blasio’s goal to end practice

The 25-year-old shared one story where another homeless resident in the hotel asked the case worker for help and Robert says the case worker told the person, “to call the hotline.”

Robert said the changes in staffing that he and his family have been forced to endure has been constant. When asked how many case workers he has had in the past year, Robert quickly respond, “Like 4.”

He has spent nearly 11 months living in a hotel room — nearly one year without a kitchen nor hot plates.

While Thanksgiving is a traditional day of Turkey, DHS, according to Robert kept to their own traditional meals, “provided the regular food that they provide us every day.”

So Robert ended up staying in his hotel room with his 4-year-old son because, “I had to send my wife out to get some food.”

“She went to Boston Market,” Robert said.

Data reveals NYC relying more on commercial homeless hotels despite de Blasio’s goal to end practice

November 21, 2016
Report: Pace Of Shelter Creation Slowed While Homelessness Spiked

During the summer of 2014, two years before residents in Maspeth, Queens started vehemently protesting the creation of a new homeless shelter in their neighborhood, residents in neighboring Elmhurst waged a similar battle. Their target was the former Pan American Hotel, which the city had recently converted into a new shelter for homeless families. And while that shelter remains, Politico NY reports this week that Mayor de Blasio significantly slowed the pace of shelter creation as a result of that drama. Meanwhile, his administration has increasingly relied on commercial hotel rooms to temporarily house the homeless—inferior accommodations that de Blasio pledged months ago to phase out.

http://gothamist.com/2016/11/21/de_blasio_homelessness.php

November 20, 2016
NYC’s Homeless Spending Surges to $1.6 Billion

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has increased spending on homeless services by about 60% since he took office nearly three years ago, reaching a historic $1.6 billion this year.

At the same time, the population in city shelters is up by nearly 20%, raising questions about whether the spending has been effective in combating homelessness. Last week, more than 60,650 people, including about 23,800 children, slept in a city shelter.

Part of the city’s challenge is that New York has a right-to-shelter provision for everyone, unlike many other cities. Many come from prisons and some from other states, city officials said. The mayor and Mr. Banks both said they support keeping the provision because it saves lives.

For the first time, city officials believe they are containing the growth in shelters, Mr. Banks said. Others disagree.

“I don’t see how the population actually goes down,” Mr. McDonald said. “They can’t go out and say that, but I can.”

http://www.wsj.com/articles/nycs-homeless-spending-surges-to-1-6-billion-1479676408

November 18, 2016
New survey shows more NYers feel de Blasio has mishandled city’s homelessness crisis

“If de Blasio was an ally, there would be a very comprehensive plan for housing people,” said Nikita Price, organizer of Picture the Homeless. “But there isn’t. What is the real plan for housing more 60,000 people in shelter?”

http://pix11.com/2016/11/18/new-survey-shows-more-nyers-feel-de-blasio-has-mishandled-citys-homelessness-crisis/

November 18, 2016
Mayor Proposes $1.3 Billion Increase to New York City Budget

Mr. de Blasio increased funding to the Department of Homeless Services by $52 million, for example. As of earlier this week, more than 60,000 people were sleeping in city shelters, according to city records.

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a Manhattan Democrat, and Council woman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, a Queens Democrat who is chairwoman of the council’s Committee on Finance, praised the administration’s efforts to find cost-saving measures but said they remain concerned about rising shelter and pension costs.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/mayor-proposes-1-3-billion-increase-to-new-york-city-budget-1479492145

November 17, 2016
Homelessness reaches new heights in NYC as nation sees seven-year decline

Despite a record rate of homeless in New York City, homelessness across the country has continued to decline over the past seven years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Thursday.

There were 549,928 homeless people on a single night in January 2016, a 14% drop since 2010, the year the Obama administration started Opening Doors, a broad plan to combat homelessness.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/homelessness-rise-nyc-nation-sees-seven-year-decline-article-1.2878094

November 17, 2016
De Blasio can’t seem to get it right with the homeless

Fact is, de Blasio has tripled the number of homeless in hotels (after vowing to stop using them altogether).

The shelter population has broken 60,000, the highest number ever. And de Blasio has slimed communities that resent having shelters foisted on them without their input as heartless and racist.

http://nypost.com/2016/11/17/de-blasio-cant-seem-to-get-it-right-with-the-homeless/

November 10, 2016
Developers “freaked out” over city’s new plan to house the homeless.

Some developers have “freaked out” over the new rule, real estate attorney Alvin Schein tells the New York Times. They’re worried that their buildings’ reputations will be tarnished by an influx of homeless people with drug, alcohol or mental problems. City officials say the apartments will simply go to needy people who have been priced out of the housing market.

http://www.habitatmag.com/Publication-Content/Building-Operations/2016/2016-November/Homeless-Are-Coming

November 06, 2016
De Blasio lets his minions play the race card

State Sen. Joe Addabbo accuses the mayor — rightly so — of hiding “behind an imaginary racial battle” that has no place in solving homelessness.

Worse, it seems de Blasio is leaving it to his aides to play the race card for him.

Man up, Mr. Mayor.
http://nypost.com/2016/11/06/de-blasio-lets-his-minions-play-the-race-card/

October 30, 2016
De Blasio’s homeless ‘strategy’ isn’t a strategy at all

It’s increasingly plain that Team de Blasio’s “strategy” on homelessness amounts to . . . panic.

Lilliam Barrios-Paoli told NY1 Noticias last week that the mayor and homeless czar Steve Banks “don’t have a long-term plan.”

http://nypost.com/2016/10/30/de-blasios-homeless-strategy-isnt-a-strategy-at-all/

October 24, 2016
Critics are fed up de Blasio keeps dropping the ball

Mayor Bill de Blasio had committed this year to reducing the use of hotels to house the homeless, but instead their use has more than doubled to 6,000 people.

The overall homeless population has similarly climbed by 20 percent since he took office in January 2014 — to a record high of 60,059 last week.

http://nypost.com/2016/10/24/critics-are-fed-up-de-blasio-keeps-dropping-the-ball/

October 22, 2016

When does de Blasio change his failing approach to homelessness?

Coherence and consultation would be far preferable to de Blasio’s mad scramble, which started with the wrong assumption that shelters would shrink and then resorted to hotels as a quick fix.

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/de-blasio-change-failing-approach-homelessness-article-1.2840322

October 20, 2016

Former mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn hits de Blasio on homeless

There are now 60,017 homeless in city shelters, the highest number ever, the latest stats show.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/mayoral-hopeful-christine-quinn-hits-de-blasio-homeless-article-1.2837329

October 11, 2016
De Blasio’s sad ‘answer’ to homelessness is a fantasy

Or take the game over in Queens: Organized protests have derailed the city’s plans to open a “permanent” homeless shelter — but there’s no sign it’s ever going to stop using a hotel there as a temporary facility.

Worse, though Team de Blasio said it would only house families there, it’s started moving in homeless single men — the population every ’hood worries about most.

Retribution? Well, you can tell how the mayor’s folks see Maspeth from the videos on City Hall’s website that paint the protesters as heartless racists.

The real issue is siting shelters without community input — the same problem that prompted fury in East Harlem this spring.
http://nypost.com/2016/10/11/de-blasios-sad-answer-to-homelessness-is-a-fantasy/

October 9, 2016
City Hall is oblivious and shows no interest in local input

The blatant message: Anyone upset about a shelter being jammed into their neighborhood with zero local input is just a racist.

“I’ve never seen an administration go to that length to try and justify a failed policy. That was to me a sign of desperation,” says state Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Queens).

http://nypost.com/2016/10/09/city-hall-is-oblivious-and-shows-no-interest-in-local-input/

September 29, 2016

City Hall is oblivious and shows no interest in local input

“I’m terrified of these people who are going to live in these hotels,” one woman said. “So I ask you Mayor de Blasio how can you help me and my community address these issues and stop the building of these hotels.”

http://pix11.com/2016/09/29/new-yorkers-grill-mayor-de-blasio-during-town-hall-on-homeless-crisis/

August 23,2016
De Blasio’s push to reduce hotels as homeless shelters is a bust

Despite a vow by Mayor de Blasio to reduce the use of hotels as shelters, the number of homeless in the pricey lodgings has skyrocketed 50 percent over the last few months, The Post has learned.

The average number of homeless individuals in hotels last month was 3,990 — up from 2,656 in February, according to the Department of Homeless Services.

http://nypost.com/2016/08/23/de-blasios-push-to-reduce-hotels-as-homeless-shelters-is-a-bust/

May 12, 2016

Sheltering near-record homeless population will cost extra $194M

It will cost the city another $194 million to house its stubbornly high homeless population, officials said Thursday.

The extra cash was added to Mayor de Blasio’s executive budget, bringing the total shelter bill to $1.05 billion for next year, Department of Social Services commissioner Steve Banks told the City Council.

The homeless population is hovering at near-record levels, with 57,854 people in shelters as of this week.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/sheltering-near-record-homeless-population-cost-extra-194m-article-1.2635294