NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - We have a homeless crisis on our hands. The New York City shelter population is at an all-time high. That's what Comptroller Scott Stringer said Wednesday, and that, we know, often forgotten in these conversations are the children.
Stringer says services to those children are either totally inadequate or nonexistent. A couple other statistics included in the comptroller's report: More than 80 percent of shelter child care workers are missing either criminal or child abuse screening. The number of homeless children 3 and under in commercial hotels has increased 224 percent, 41 percent of shelter-based child care rooms don't have sprinklers, and 20 percent don't have fire extinguishers.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has been adamant it is a challenge we must face together. He added $200 million to the budget last year to address some of these needs.
City Hall released a statement saying in part: "DHS is working with several city agencies to develop a system to effectively provide child care across shelters. We expect those protocols will be in place in the next few months."
Stringer says we can't have a two-tier daycare system for children; one for those who have money and resources, and another for those who don't.