For Immediate Release: August 23, 2012
Contact: Dan Levitan, 646-200-5315
Coalition for the Homeless Responds to Mayor's "More Pleasurable" Homeless Shelters Theory
The Coalition for the Homeless released the following statement today responding to Mayor Bloomberg's claim that rapidly rising lengths of stay in New York City shelters are attributable to "more pleasurable" shelter conditions. The statement can be attributed to Executive Director Mary Brosnahan:
"The Mayor's assertion that homeless New Yorkers are staying in shelters longer because they are 'much more pleasurable' is shocking and offensive. Mayor Bloomberg systematically closed every single path to affordable housing once available to homeless families with vulnerable children. His failed policies are the major factor leading to the record shelter population this summer. Blaming homeless families and suggesting they are luxuriating in 'pleasurable' accommodations shows just how badly the mayor is out of touch."