BINGHAMTON, NY – A county in Upstate New York is telling New York City to stop transferring its homeless residents there.
Broom County reports five people have recently moved in from New York City, through a program that covers their rent for a year if they agree to relocate.
“We are putting New York City on notice this is illegal and it ends today,” said Jason Garnar, Broome County Executive.
“Five families that have come up here were on long-term assistance within the city and the city didn’t do what they needed to do to make that a temporary situation,” said Howard Schultz the County Attorney. “So the likelihood, it’s very foreseeable that after 12 months they’ll also be seeking rental assistance from Broom County.”
New York City says residents don’t qualify for the program, unless they have a job or other means to pay their future rent.
Furthermore, the county attorney says the city’s legal counsel will discuss the issue with local officials next week.