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You dealt with this in “housing with services,” but this really is as much a mental health problem as a housing one. We probably need more publicly funded cooperatives for those who cannot really maintain a lease at any price, at least during early intervention.

Setting aside units in new buildings for “middle income” renters doesn’t really work in NY. There’s not enough kiddie income stock for those who would want them and they crowd out the “upper middle” who then have to compete with the truly wealthy for space. While those folks don’t become homeless, they do leave the city. Also, those units become the “servants quarters” of a tiered system, often with separate entrances “poor doors” and with residents cut off from the building’s amenities.

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