City to make people seeking shelter earn their keep

Bronx and city residents who go to the city to get off the streets will have to earn their living, according to the Department of Homeless Services.

The DHS is replacing its Housing Stability Plus program with the Work Advantage program. Under Work Advantage, formerly homeless New Yorkers will have to work for the city to pay their rent. They will also be encouraged to save at least 20 percent of their rent costs. The city will stop paying rent in two years and double the amount of money tenants have in their savings.

Housing officials went before the City Council Monday to answer questions about whether two years is sufficient time for tenants to stand on their own feet.

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