City’s homeless families live amongst rodents, roaches and mold

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THE BRONX (PIX11) -- A 54 page report put together by New York City's Department of Investigation highlights deplorable living conditions in some of our city's shelters.

The DOI sent its own team of investigators out to 25 different shelters over the course of a year and their findings were unsafe, unhealthy and just plain disgusting in some cases. Dead mice, rats, roaches coming in through cracks, exposed pipes, water damage, and mold were just some of the issues investigators uncovered

"There's plenty of blame to go around, but the vast majority of problems and the most serious and hazardous conditions were found in the cluster site shelters and that's clearly the Bloomberg administration's fault," said Patrick Markee, Deputy Executive Director of Advocacy for Coalition for the Homeless.

The cluster sites are what the Coalition for the Homeless call a misguided program. Landlords were paid up to nearly $3,000 by the city to house families, but often times the money was mismanaged.  Inspectors even found some building supers making repairs only because they were tipped off to the DOI's investigation.

"It's a bad deal for taxpayers . It's unsafe for families and children and we can be spending a lot less money to put these families in permanent housing instead of keeping them in these decrepit conditions in shelters," added Markee.

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