Ulrich Asks Hotels Housing Homeless to Be Transparent

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Councilman Eric Ulrich is calling on hotels to be more transparent about the homeless. Following reports of hotels like LaQuinta Inn and the old Playland Motel and others across Queens housing homeless, Ulrich is urging hotels to be open about it.

On Wednesday, August 9, Ulrich introduced a bill that would require hotel owners to inform patrons if they house the homeless. The proposed legislation, Intro 1682-2017, would also require hotels contracted with the City's Dept. of Homeless Services (DHS) to post a sign that is visible and readily accessible to customers.

"The public has a right to know whether or not that hotel or that motel is also being  used as a temporary homeless shelter," Councilman Ulrich said. "There needs to be more transparency within the Department, which should provide accurate information to our communities, and to the more than 60 million people who visit the city each year."

The legislation would take effect 90 days after its enactment into law, provided that the commissioner shall promulgate any rules necessary for implementing and carrying out the provisions of this local law prior to such effective date.

"This is not an attack on the homeless. It is going to be a big stick in the eye to the Mayor, who has absolutely failed abysmally when it comes to addressing the homelessness crisis that we have in this city," Ulrich said. "Housing the City's homeless in hotels is a waste of taxpayer dollars and does nothing to help these vulnerable individuals get back on their feet."

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