Advocates advice for Eric Adams? Better coordination between housing and homelessness agencies in New York City

“The solution to homelessness is housing,” said one stakeholder. “But the city agency tasked with solving homelessness has no jurisdiction over housing, so we’re setting them an impossible task.”

David Brand

Eric Adams announced his plan to convert distressed hotels into housing for the homeless in September.

As Mayor-elect Eric Adams prepares to deal with ongoing New York City The homelessness crisis, influential advocates and business leaders are urging him to improve coordination between housing and service agencies to speed the transition to permanent homes. They also recommend creating an entirely new position with a unique mission: ending loneliness.

Under The current structure of the cityOne deputy mayor oversees the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) and the Department of Human Resources (HRA) — merged since 2016 into the Department of Social Services (DSS) — while another oversees NYCHA and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). DSS and HPD use different digital systems, and the city is still building a database of shelter residents’ housing needs, income and potential eligibility for rental subsidies.

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