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New York Comptroller: Poor Conditions Found In Housing For The Homeless

Mike Groll
N.Y. State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

State auditors in New York have found poor conditions still exist in hotels and motels used to house the homeless.

Auditors found unsatisfactory conditions in 24 out of 80 hotels and motels they examined.

Mark Johnson, spokesman for Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, says, “We've found significant problems including mold, water damage exposed wiring, missing smoke detectors, garbage in rooms…”

Auditors also found three of the six shelters to be in poor condition in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance oversees state programs for low-income residents. Johnson says it needs to establish uniform procedures for local agencies to be aware of standard living conditions.