Friday, March 20, 2015
City cold calling people to ask them to house homeless
From the Daily News:
Mayor de Blasio, desperate to reduce the city’s skyrocketing homeless problem, is making robocalls to Big Apple landlords asking them to take in families from the shelter system.
Landlords who do take up the mayor’s offer will receive a $1,000 signing bonus, which is in addition to the city funds that will pay the family’s rent, the mayor says in the 45-second taped call.
“Hi, this is Mayor Bill de Blasio,” the roughly 45-second robocall begins.
“As a landlord, you have an opportunity to fill vacancies in your building and receive a $1,000 bonus from the City of New York.”
One Queens resident and civic leader who received the robocall recorded it and posted it on her Facebook page, asking her friends if they had also got the call.
“Did anyone else receive this phone call from Bill de Blasio today asking you to shelter homeless families in your house?” Christina Wilkinson asked.
“How many homeless people is Bill de Blasio sheltering in HIS house?” one friend wrote.
The money for participating landlords is being distributed through the city’s new Living in Communities (LINC) Rental Assistance program, which aims to move families out of the strained shelter system and into homes.
Many of the families who qualify for the program have full-time jobs, but still can’t afford the costs of moving and rent. Others in the program are escaping from domestic violence, or have other special needs that has left them struggling.
The families are expected to contribute 30% of their income to rent. The amount of assistance from the city depends on the family size, and can range from $1,268 for a family of two to $2,530 for a family of 10.