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NYC shipping their homeless population out-of-state to NJ and beyond

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NYC shipping their homeless population out-of-state to NJ and beyond

NYC shipping their homeless population out-of-state to NJ and beyond
December 12
17:24 2019

It would appear the Garden State has become the recipient of New York Cities homeless population, under a little known and controversial program dubbed the “Special One-Time Assistance” (SOTA), program devised by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, that relocates homeless individuals throughout the Garden State and beyond.

The program is one of many like it, devised by liberal mayors like de Blasio attempting to rid himself of the growing homeless population within his city, that ironically he created with his open door sanctuary policies attracting tens of thousands of homeless individuals living on the streets of the “big apple.”

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The program pays landlords in neighboring states, a full year of rent upfront to accept homeless individuals in their apartments within the city’s five boroughs and across the Hudson River into New Jersey.

The program which began in 2017 requires individuals and families living in a shelter for at least 90 days to be eligible. Thus far according to city records over 5,000 households have acquired permanent residence through the program.

However, the program has been marred in controversy and scandal with accusations of corruption.

Recently the city of Newark filed a complaint, naming New York City, its mayor Bill de Blasio and Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks as defendants within a lawsuit accusing the city’s Special One-Time Assistance program, or SOTA, of violating commerce laws by pushing recipients into Newark apartments that are not suitable for living.

Newark officials said SOTA recipients often feel pressured to “accept the proverbial ‘offer they can’t refuse’ ” and commit to apartments outside of the state after being rushed through tours — a tactic the city of Newark called “coerced migration.”

The complaint reads, “Defendants’ actions created, and continue to create, perverse disincentives to landlords who stand to gain financially by providing illegal and uninhabitable housing to residents with the expectation of no repercussions, no action by the Defendants to cure the illegal and uninhabitable housing, and with the expectation that they can evict or constructively evict such SOTA recipients after the expiration of the one-time assistance program.”

According to the Star-Ledger, more than 2,200 families were moved to New Jersey through the SOTA program. Of those, nearly 1,198 have been relocated to Newark.

However, the program has come under fire from homeless individuals themselves who claim they’ve been placed in uninhabitable apartments where landlords, who are actually slumlords, have little incentive to maintain them because they’ve already been paid upfront by New York City, thus little incentive to maintain the property.

“The folks who run this program in New York and any others like it, have taken advantage of these families they sent to the city of Newark,” Newark legal counsel Kenyatta Stewart said. “They refuse to provide the information needed so that we can ensure that the families that are here are not living in substandard conditions. We will not sit back as they attempt to take advantage of us and milk our taxpayers of the funds spent to support Newarkers.”

The suit asks the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey to temporarily restrain New York City from further implementation of the SOTA program in Newark and asks the city to identify families relocated to New Jersey’s largest city.

De Blasio claims that the number of homeless within New York City is approximately 60,000; however, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has recently estimated the homeless population to be a lot closer to 80,000.

 

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