Shelter Repair Scorecard
As part of the effort to improve conditions in homeless shelters, Mayor de Blasio created the Shelter Repair Scorecard to report publicly on the conditions of homeless shelter facilities and track progress made by the expanded repair program to address sub-standard conditions. Data shows that increased inspections have been finding more violations than ever before, and that City and shelter providers have cleared more than 26,000 violations over the last two years. The new Shelter Repair Scorecard defines the scope of the problem by listing conditions at all homeless shelters in New York City that do not meet applicable regulations and makes it possible to track progress in dealing with them.
The Shelter Repair Scorecard contains:
- A summary page showing the total number of inspections conducted, any new problems found, and violations and other conditions resolved each month.
- A list of all shelter buildings, with summaries of the conditions in each building.
- A report card for each individual shelter with the number of each type of violation and progress in fixing them. This page will describe the type of shelter, the total number of units and the owner of the building.
Other items about the Shelter Repair Squad include:
- For the first time in New York City's history, there will be inspections twice a year of all sites used to house homeless individuals and families by the Departments of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD); Buildings (DOB); Health and Mental Health (DOHMH); and the Fire Department (FDNY).
- While no sub-standard conditions are acceptable, many shelters have relatively few violations. Family shelters (excluding clusters) have an average of about half a violation per apartment, the same as the average for all buildings in New York City.
- Cluster shelters are groups of individual apartments in larger buildings, and the violation total includes all the violations in each building, not those solely relating to the cluster units.
- Since it started on January 1, 2016, the Shelter Repair Squad 2.0 has been inspecting and clearing conditions, and that work will continue with teams from HPD, HRA and DHS focused on clearing conditions in non-cluster shelters.