Investigation prompts city to set new standards for homeless shelters

The city vows to help the homeless find safe, clean places to stay.

An investigation by the NYC comptroller found that money for homeless services was not always going to the right places. Some homeless residents were being placed in site apartments and hotel rooms filled with roaches, rats and mold. Now the mayor and Department of Homeless Services are phasing out temporary shelters, which included site apartments and hotel rooms.

The goal is to send a majority of homeless to facilities with direct contracts with the city. The hope is that the Department of Homeless Services will be able to better ensure that the living conditions are adequate.

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