NYC Is ‘Fixing’ the Homeless Problem by Using Tax Money To Rent Entire Floors of Luxury Hotels

Conservative Tribune | 6/12/2019 | ryanburnside
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The homeless crowd in New York City has seen quite an upgrade to their impoverished living conditions lately.

Unfortunately, that upgrade comes at the expense of the taxpayers — just as too many other things often do, especially when Democrats are involved.

Discussion - NPR - Morning - Edition - Week

According to a discussion on NPR’s Morning Edition last week, NYC is working to keep its end of the bargain when it comes to a law that guarantees every individual a right to shelter.

But, since homeless shelters are full, the city has been renting out rooms in high-priced hotels so these poor individuals can have a roof over their heads.

Law - Vagrants - Shelter

After all, it’s against the law to reject vagrants requesting shelter.

Something tells me this won’t incentivize too many within the homeless population to work their way out of poverty. In fact, it’s likely to have the opposite effect.

Planet - Money - Reporter - Sarah - Gonzalez

Planet Money Reporter Sarah Gonzalez compared the homeless population — those who actually live on the streets — between New York and Los Angeles, saying, “LA’s newest count found more than 44,000 people living on the street in some way. New York City’s count found about 3,500.”

She said that NYC was able to achieve such a low number by having far more homeless shelters, allowing 64,000 more people to live at these residences than LA.

New - York - City - Right - Gonzalez

“In New York City, there’s what’s called a right to shelter,” Gonzalez said. “The city is legally obligated to find a bed for every person who needs one. If shelters are full, people cannot be turned away. And when the city can’t find a bed, they turn to hotels, sometimes fancy hotels.

Should tax dollars be spent to give homeless people luxury hotel rooms?

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