“Home for the Holidays” seeks to ease the heavy burden on the shelter system.
Open your heart and home to the less fortunate and you will be rewarded — by New York City.
Applications are being accepted through the end of December for a program called, “Home for the Holidays,” which provides up to $1,800 a month to the friends and relatives of homeless families who take them in.
The goal is to bring 5,000 qualifying families out of the city’s perpetually overburdened homeless shelters, where about 60,000 people — 24,000 of them children — now sleep each night.
“With the holidays, we wanted to redouble our efforts to reconnect people with their families,” said Steven Banks, Department of Homeless Service commissioner. The program will both reduce costs and help unburden shelters, officials said.
According to figures, the city now spends $1.6 billion a year to combat homelessness.
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