Daily News op-ed by Partnership for the Homeless:
We don’t need to spend years and millions of dollars building better shelters. We need fewer shelters — and far more true housing.
I’m sure we’ll hear a hue and cry from shelter providers that they’ve been underfunded. That claim, however, is no excuse for allowing New Yorkers who desperately seek shelter as the last refuge from the street to live in such inhumane circumstances.
A better course would be to immediately revoke the contracts of these shelter providers (and stop doing business with those without contracts) and find organizations that appreciate the moral imperative of caring for the people they serve.
Today, our city’s shelter program too often functions as a way for organizations to collect lucrative government contracts. Those providers, many of them non-profits, have become a significant bloc in supporting a status quo that simply doesn’t work for those who are homeless.
It’s all terribly insidious, with organizations couching their interests in outmoded social services theory to perpetuate the belief that shelter is necessary because homeless people are supposedly not “housing ready.”
From the Daily News:
“New York City is indeed facing a crisis,” she said in a keynote speech at the Homeless Policy Forum, citing the 58,000 New Yorkers who sleep in shelters each night.
She lashed out at neighborhoods that have protested against shelters, sometimes using derogatory language against the homeless.
“Too much NIMBYism happens, and we know how certain communities have responded - unfortunately, very unfortunately, in the way they’ve characterized and vilified homeless families and children in certain neighborhoods,” Mark-Viverito said. “That is inhumane, and it is our moral obligation to really do something about it.”
So neighborhoods should not protest against the "insidious" shelter system. Because her friends profit from it. Got it. We must defend tweeding at all costs.