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September 15, 2015

City Hall Clash Holds Up Payments to N.Y. Homeless Shelters

Tens of millions of dollars in payments to nonprofits that operate New York homeless shelters are in limbo amid a dispute between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer, who contends the city is placing homeless people in unsafe conditions, reports The New York Times.

Since January 2014, when both men took office, the comptroller's office has rejected 33 shelter contracts affecting charities that provide more than 1,900 beds for single adults and 875 units for families. "The bottom line is I am not approving contracts that place families in rat-infested hovels or fire violations," Mr. Stringer said.

The comptroller said he would not approve the deals without documentation that problems are being fixed, but Mr. de Blasio's administration and advocates say Mr. Stringer is denying groups the funding they need to be able to both make repairs and provide regular services. In lieu of the payments, City Hall has issued about $14 million in bridge loans to affected charities.