CNN’s Jason Carroll profiles a homeless family living in a New York City shelter that is being asked to pay rent.
The city is starting to charge working homeless families like Seyborn to stay in the city’s publicly run shelters. Seyborn now has to pay $345 dollars a month in rent. “I tried to explain it on my best behalf,” Seyborn said. “I don’t have it and all I’m getting is pens and paper in my face saying sign here and sign here, and I refuse to sign.”
The policy is based on a 1997 state law which requires shelter residents with jobs to use a portion of their earnings to pay rent. The amount varies according to family size and which shelter is being used.
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This video is from CNN’s American Morning, broadcast May 11, 2009.