Ended use of more than 1,500 units, including more than 1,000 in the Bronx

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY

February 26, 2018

Contact: Isaac McGinn (mcginni@hra.nyc.gov, o: 929-221-5564 c: 646-946-9667)

MEDIA ADVISORY: DE BLASIO ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES PROGRESS ENDING USE OF CLUSTER UNITS

NEW YORK—Today at 9:30 AM in the Bronx, the de Blasio Administration and elected officials will announce that the Department of Homeless Services has ended the use of more than 42 percent of cluster units citywide as part of the its commitment to phasing out the 18-year-old stop-gap cluster site program. Combined with Mayor de Blasio’s announcement in December that the City will convert another 800 cluster units to permanent affordable housing, the City will have reduced the use of cluster units by more than 60 percent citywide.

Last year, Mayor de Blasio announced “Turning the Tide on Homelessness in New York City,” his borough-by-borough plan for addressing the challenge of homelessness, which affects every community across the five boroughs. To address and transform a shelter system that expanded in a haphazard way over the past four decades, the Mayor’s plan will completely end the use of all 360 cluster sites and commercial hotel facilities citywide, while opening a smaller number of 90 new and more effective borough-based shelters. The City has committed to ending the use of all cluster sites by 2021.

What: City announces progress ending use of cluster units
When: Monday, February 26, 2018
9:30 AM
Where:

Former cluster site
Bronx, NY

Who: Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio
Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks
Elected officials

 

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