NY, NJ mayors agree to meet following suit over homeless assistance program

Kimberly Dole
December 04, 2019 - 2:03 pm
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NEWARK, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said Tuesday he will sit down with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to discuss the relocation of the city's homeless to communities like Newark.

A day after Baraka filed a suit, the mayor of Elizabeth Christian Bollwage, says de Blasio is using the homeless as chess pieces and is also contemplating on doing the same. 

"By taking his problem and transferring it to New Jersey," Bollwage says. It's just underhanded and wrong."

Since August 2017, the assistance program, offers homeless families living in New York City shelters a year’s worth of rent to relocate to permanent housing and the city of Newark has taken almost 2,000 families.

However, in some cases, families are forced to live out of state in sub par housing conditions with no hot water or heat, or pest infestations.

Newark is seeking to immediate stop the program.

Other cities that have absorbed the homeless are also looking for a change.

“Our corporation counsel is currently amending legislation to our housing code to penalize entities that intentionally circumvent the regulations we have in place to protect our residents,” East Orange Mayor Ted R. Green said in a statement. “We share the same challenges as the city of Newark and we look forward to meeting with Mayor De Blasio, as well, to address our issues and move toward a workable solution.”

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