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Babies in NYC shelters live in squalor, new report says

Babies in NYC shelters live in squalor, new report says
The review of city Department of Homeless Services shelters found health and safety risks in all 13 shelters that auditors visited and 92% of the 91 units they inspected.

The review of city Department of Homeless Services shelters found health and safety risks in all 13 shelters that auditors visited and 92% of the 91 units they inspected.Shelters managed by the city’s Department of Homeless Services house 46,454 children, including more than 4,800 infants.Homeless Services spokesman Isaac McGinn described its contents as “sensationalism,” saying that the audit “appears to have deliberately overlooked and omitted” the city’s efforts to ensure infants’ safety while in shelters.” The Department of Homeless Services has a Safe Sleep policy in place in shelters to ensure parents adhere to safe sleeping protocols for their kids, including on the use of cribs.

But Stringer’s audit, which was conducted from December 2019 through March 2020, found that 12 of the 13 shelters it reviewed did not have complete Safe Sleep forms for parents to show whether they “accepted or refused the shelter provided crib.Most Read The audit nwent on to note that one reason families may not be complying with the safe sleep requirements “is that staff at the shelters in our sample are not consistently performing or documenting unit inspections.

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