City changing its homeless policy leaving many Bronx families in the cold

The city is phasing out Section 8 and changing its homeless policy. This could leave many Bronx families out in the cold.

The voucher deadline is on December 19 and many city officials for the homeless are trying to prevent nearly 600 families from living on the streets. Homeless Commissioner Linda Gibbs outlined a new plan to help the homeless for the City Council Wednesday. Gibbs says the plan offers a viable way for clients to transition from a homeless shelter to permanent housing.

Under the Housing Stabilization Plus plan families on city assistance for three months or single people on assistance for more than nine months will qualify for a subsidy, on a five-year sliding scale which would decrease 20 percent each year. The plan would also allow a family with three children to qualify for about $900 a month in the first year and $500 a month by the fifth year.

Housing Stabilization Plus still needs to be approved by the state.

Related link:NYC.gov

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