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Homeless Shelter Violations Dropped 10 Percent in Latest Scorecard Report

By Katie Honan | July 18, 2016 5:31pm
 The Shelter Repair Squad made nearly 1,000 fixes at its non-cluster sites since May.
The Shelter Repair Squad made nearly 1,000 fixes at its non-cluster sites since May.
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NEW YORK CITY — Building violations at the city's homeless shelters were cut another 10 percent last month as the city works to create a more safe and clean environment for residents, officials said.

The Shelter Repair Squad, which was created last summer to fix mounting issues at city shelters, made nearly 1,000 fixes at its non-cluster sites since May.

The total violations at these sites were 2,944 by June 30; at the end of May, that number was 3,280. 

Officials completed 7,777 inspections so far this year, compared with 8,665 in all of 2015. Nearly 1,500 of those inspections were in June, officials said.

Steven Banks, who oversees the Department of Homeless Services as the commissioner of the city's Department of Social Services, said work with the city's partners agencies has helped them make improvements. 

The more they work, the more issues they find — but they're still committed to the overall safety at shelters, he said. 

“We are aware of the challenges ahead, especially as we continue our efforts and uncover additional violations in non-cluster and cluster shelters but our focus remains the same and that is to provide a safe and decent place to live to every homeless New Yorker," he said in a statement.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced special "SWAT" teams to deploy at city shelters last May after the Department of Investigation revealed dangerous conditions at many sites. 

Its scorecard was first released in February after months of delays and shows detailed reports on repairs and inspections at dozens of shelters around the city.

Read the scorecard on the city's site.