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NYC Expands Rental Assistance to More People

Under the bill, families will no longer have to spend at least three months in a shelter before they can access the housing voucher.

From the Gothamist:

More people in New York City are set to become eligible for rental assistance programs thanks to a bill passed by the City Council on Thursday. The measure passed as the city says the migrant crisis has overloaded the shelter system, providing fewer housing options for asylum seekers.

“This is a solution to help reduce homelessness, stabilize communities, free up space for asylum seekers, and others, all while saving money on costly emergency shelters that skew far more expensive than traditional shelter models that are offered in New York City,” Speaker Adrienne Adams said at a news conference before the bill package passed.

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