The seemingly subsequent mayor, Eric Adams, was proper when he stated metropolis homeless czar Steven Banks has performed “amazing things” — however not in the best way he meant: In eight years, Banks has managed to provide nearly 30 p.c of $15.8 billion in metropolis shelter contracts to sleazy nonprofit outfits.
An evaluation by The Post’s Nolan Hicks discovered that, over the course of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s practically eight years in workplace, $4.6 billion value of these contracts stuffed the coffers of eight scandal-tarred shelter operators.
The leaders of these sketchy companies have been accused of misconduct starting from failing to ship on multimillion-dollar contracts to government profiteering.
CORE Services CEO Jack Brown is allegedly on the middle of profitable (for him) transactions involving each the nonprofit and affiliated for-profit firms.
Victor Rivera, head of the nonprofit Bronx Parents Housing Network was arrested and charged in an alleged bribery and kickback scheme and later ousted from BPHN amid sexual harassment and assault allegations.
Acacia Network holds $1.5 billion in DHS shelter contracts, and its executives have been the topic of a Department of Investigation probe after studies confirmed they failed to disclose they had established a for-profit safety contractor.
The DOI busted Frank Boswell — the CEO of the Bushwick Economic Development Corp., higher often called BEDCO — for hiding the majority of his $651,000 wage because it netted $63 million in DHS contracts.
The state lawyer normal’s workplace has investigated politically linked Bronx homeless providers supplier Aguila Inc., which gained practically $170 million in contracts from DHS;
The Bowery Residence Committee has taken $770 million in contracts from DHS to run shelters and supply outreach providers, though BRC places of work are not often open and it has been described as “minimally effective.”
Lax oversight by DHS, the Mayor’s Office of Contracting and town comptroller leaves shelter contracts as tempting targets for crooked operators. But de Blasio gained’t change issues. He informed reporters final week, “It’s not as simple as just getting rid of everyone who does anything wrong anytime they do it — because there would be very few [providers] left.”
For years, homeless advocates have complained that the Department of Homeless Services’ underfunding of shelter operations and failure to make well timed funds compelled out well-established, competent distributors and opened the door to unscrupulous suppliers. But Banks, himself a lifelong homeless advocate, doesn’t appear to care.
The sooner de Blasio and Banks exit metropolis authorities, the higher off taxpayers and the homeless shall be.