From the Daily News:
The city is offering to pay friends and family members of homeless shelter residents to take in their less fortunate loved ones for up to a year as part of a new program timed to the holidays.
The “Home for the Holidays” program launched this week, and is being offered to 5,000 families who have been living in shelters for at least 90 days.
The host family will get a taxpayer-funded $500 gift card for their hospitality, and extra money toward their rent.
Depending on the size of the family they take in, the host families will receive $1,200, $1,500 and $1,800 a month for up to a year.
The homeless family will also get a $500 gift card to help them settle in.
Department of Homeless Service Commissioner Steven Banks said that the program aligns with the administration’s belief that everyone has to pitch in to address the homelessness crisis, which has led to a record number of people living in the shelter system.
I suppose the timing of this announcement has nothing to do with this: