Homelessness on the rise in Brooklyn and the city, according to report

BROOKLYN - Mayor Michael Bloomberg?s (R-NYC) efforts to reduce homeless in Brooklyn and the city has done the exact opposite, according to a New York Times report.In his five-year plan, Bloomberg was hoping to decrease homelessness by two-thirds. According to the report, however, homelessness is at a record high with more than 9,200 families currently living in shelters. Critics blame what they call the "flawed" Housing Stability Plus Program. Robert Hess, commissioner for the Department of Homeless Services, agrees. He says they 2-year-old program, which replaced Section 8, has led to the homeless population increase. In an effort to alleviate the problem, city officials are considering making changes to the rent subsidy program. That reportedly includes stabilizing the value of housing vouchers.

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