Rats and rot: NYC report rips family homeless shelters

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City investigators say decrepit and dangerous conditions and poor enforcement have been rampant in shelters that house nearly 12,000 homeless families with children.

The Department of Investigation released a report Thursday on the city-paid, largely privately run family shelter system. It costs the city Department of Homeless Services about $360 million a year.

Investigators say one family of six was living with a dead rat festering on the floor for two days. At another shelter, a puddle of urine soiled the floor of the only working elevator. And at another, one stairway was so treacherously rusted that inspectors ordered guards to block access to it.

The homeless services agency says it has already axed some unacceptable apartments from the system and stepped up inspections, among other steps.

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