The new policy is based on a 1997 state law that was not enforced until last week, when shelter operators across the city began requiring residents to pay a certain portion of their income. The amount varies based on factors that include family size and what shelter is being used, but should not exceed 50 percent of a family’s income, a state official said.
These fees absolutely guarantee that the people using homeless shelters will never be able to get out of them.
Even though the city commissioner of homeless services made the statement "Our objective is to move families back into their own homes and into the community,” this practice will not give these people the ability to come up with the extra cash for a first, last, and deposit for a place of their own, and is disingenuous, to say the least. He has to know better.