Cost of Keeping Homeless in Hotels Soaring, Comptroller Report Says
A new report from the City Comptroller's office says the cost to use hotels rooms as homeless shelters is soaring.
Scott Stringer says the city is spending nearly $130,000 more per day to keep the homeless in hotels. The report also finds that the number of homeless people being placed in hotels shot up around 33 percent between October and February.
Stringer has criticized using hotel rooms as homeless housing, saying they lack basic services and privacy needs, and he's now demanding more transparency of how the Department of Homeless Services is run.
The Mayor's Office recently announced a goal to phase out the use of hotel rooms as homeless shelters by 2023.