NORWICH - As a result of an executive order put into effect by Gov. Cuomo this year which states that homeless people be directed to shelter in the event that temperatures reach 32 degrees or lower, the county has been picking up slack financially.
According to a quarterly report from Social Services, the county was responsible for paying for nearly double the amount of ‘homeless days paid’ this year than they had last year at this time. Homeless days paid refers to the amount of nights that the county was responsible for putting up people who identify as homeless. According to Social Services Commissioner Bette Osborne, this is both a result of the executive order – which allows anyone to walk into the Department of Social Services when temperatures are 32 degrees or lower, claim homelessness, and receive housing – as well as a few ongoing cases where people are either abusing the system or are unable to find housing elsewhere.