NYC eyes shelter fees for working homeless

(AP) - New York City plans to charge the working homeless for living in shelters starting next fall.

At the same time, it wants to require more families to get jobs before qualifying for rent subsidies. That would need state approval.

The shelter fee is already a state requirement. The city enacted it briefly last year. State Sen. Daniel L. Squadron, a Brooklyn and Manhattan Democrat, says it should be blocked.

Legal Aid Society attorney Steven Banks says families should be encouraged to "save their meager wages" so they can afford to leave shelters.

Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs says the shelter fees would be modest. Says Gibbs: "Open-ended handouts" don't work.

There are about 8,500 families with children in city shelters.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."