Hundreds of mentally disabled New Yorkers are at risk of losing their subsidized housing because the charity responsible for their rent has fallen far behind in the payments, according to the New York Daily News. Clients of Pathways to Housing N.Y. have received more than 1,300 eviction notices in the past four years because the organization has stopped paying rent for months at a time, the newspaper says.
Pathways, which has about 700 clients, acknowledges that 52 have been evicted since 2010, said the New York State Office of Mental Health, the charity's main funding source. The state has canceled a contract with Pathways to find housing and manage taxpayer-funded rent payments for mentally ill people, and it is working to shift the group's clients to other providers.
The New York City-based charity ran into financial trouble after deciding three years ago to expand into a national operation as governments embraced its "housing first" strategy of moving mentally ill people out of shelters and into private homes. The New York state attorney general has opened an investigation into the charity's distribution of state funds.