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Queens pol wants homeless to swap shelters for rent subsidies 

(NY DAILY NEWS)   September 24, 2016 — Andrew Hevesi is pushing a plan for a new rent subsidy to keep people in their homes.

The chairman of the state Assembly Social Services Committee has begun quietly pushing a plan he says would reduce reliance on homeless shelters by creating a new rent subsidy to keep people in their homes.

The plan by Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Queens), dubbed Home Stability Support, is not cheap.

He estimates it would cost the state and federal governments a combined $450 million a year. But he says when implemented it would actually save the state and city significantly more by relying less on costly shelters and other homeless services.

“It’s going to cost a lot but you drop significantly what we’re spending on the statewide and city shelter systems by reducing the trend of homelessness so you’re ultimately saving millions of dollars,” Hevesi said.

Source: Queens pol wants homeless to swap shelters for rent subsidies – NY Daily News