Elected officials examining how the city protects homeless Bronx children

Elected officials are examining how the city intervenes when children are abused while living in the shelter system.

Officials say many homeless families turn to the Emergency Assistance Unit (EAU) in the south Bronx. Now, the General Welfare Committee is taking a look at how the city helps those families. The committee is specifically looking at how the Administration for Childrens Services (ACS) and the Department of Homeless Services cooperate with the EAU and other shelters.

An ACS report shows nearly 30 percent of child deaths it studied in 2003 happened when the family lived in a city shelter. However, ACS and homeless services officials say they are making progress in preventing abuse. They announced the formation of the Family Services Team, where ACS case workers identify high risk families as they enter the EAU.

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