Protecting the Homeless in New York
In the past, when the Department of Homeless services was unable to process a family or homeless person in a timely way, it was liable to Legal Aid Society fines of up to $100 per person per day.
This happened often because they lacked the computing power to track people, understand their needs and find them shelter.
“The whole process of taking people in, entering them in the system and finding them shelter was unavailable or delayed. It was unacceptable.”
But now, with a new system in place, they have reduced the number of people waiting and the amount they get fined. In addition, they are now prepared for larger disasters.
“So if there is an emergency, natural disaster, terrorist act or whatever in the city, we have to provide shelter for not just the homeless, but everyone else, the citizens”