Wall Street Journal:
New York state moved Tuesday night to withhold funding from some of New York City’s homeless shelters because of their poor conditions, sparking a fight over near-record homelessness in the city.
In a letter Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration sent to City Hall, the state said 16 shelters were in such poor condition that it would withhold funding until matters improved. The letter from the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance said state officials had investigated the shelters in recent days.
The city’s homeless population in shelters is near 57,000 and has risen significantly in recent years. Many of the shelters have multiple violations, according to City Hall, which has already investigated many problems and said Monday it would expedite fixes across the system.
The issue has dogged Mayor Bill de Blasio as he has pitched his message on income inequality outside New York, and homeless advocates say the city needs to do more.