In this report , IBO examines Department of Homeless Services (DHS) shelter spending from 2013 through 2022 to show how state and federal decisions, as well as shifts in homeless populations over time, have impacted the funding of the city’s shelters over the past decade.
This Final Audit Letter Report concerns the Department of Homeless Services’ (DHS’) controls over its contract with the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. (HANYC) to help facilitate temporary housing for persons impacted by COVID-19.
The report examines certain aspects of The NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) Special One-Time Assistance (SOTA) program, a rental assistance program that is designed to provide permanent, stable housing to qualified Department of Homeless Services (DHS) clients.
In light of two recent high-profile school rezoning controversies in which overcrowded schools serving higher income students existed near underutilized schools largely populated by students in public housing, IBO examined the distribution of students from public housing across NYC public schools.
About 75,000 students—or over 7 percent—of the city’s 1.1 million public school students lived in the city’s homeless shelter system or were doubled up in the home of a friend or family member at some point during school year 2013-2014.