Saturday, April 21, 2007

Long Island homeless

I'm not sure what to think of this story. Local government in long island wants to build a large homeless facility and local operators of homeless shelters are arguing that the number of homeless are falling and it's not needed.

I'm not sure what a private homeless shelter operation is.
Social services officials said Suffolk now uses 43 smaller shelters housing 2-to-9 families each.

The proposal would create a shelter of up to 99 apartment-styled units, similar to the Bellport shelter in operation since 1989 and run by Project Help, a group once headed by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

Are these small shelters owned by the city? By various charities? Or by for profit organizations that contract with the city? It's just not clear and the story makes no sense without making that clear.

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