New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

New York Daily News NYC to seek replacement for current operator of more than two dozen homeless shelters: council member by Michael Gartland

NYC to seek replacement for current operator of more than two dozen homeless shelters: council member

The city will ask a court Tuesday to intervene in the operation of more than two dozen homeless shelters by a nonprofit under investigation for potential fraud, officials said.

The Department of Investigation on Monday executed search warrants at the Queens-based headquarters of Children’s Community Services, which has a contract with the city to operate 28 homeless shelters, said Upper East Side Councilman Ben Kallos.

Kallos said he was briefed on the probe by the Department of Social Services. The city will go to court to ask that another provider take over the locations, he said.

"No homeless services provider is too big to fail. If our homeless aren’t getting shelter beds that are safe and secure, the city can and will get a court order to bring in a provider that will do better,” Kallos told The News.

“Following our oversight hearing, it is good to know that the Department of Homeless Services is watching out for our homeless, making referrals for investigations, and willing to go to court to protect our most vulnerable."

A spokesperson for DHS credited staff members who “saw something and said something” that led to the DOI raid, NY1 reported.

There was no immediate response to requests for comment from CSS, or DSS.

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