Legislature: No more vouchers for homeless sex offenders

06/08/2010 12:00 AM |

Suffolk County will no longer be able to provide daily stipends to homeless sex offenders for temporary lodging.
The county Legislature Tuesday night voted 13-5 to override Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy’s veto of a bill that bans the county from using a voucher system to house homeless sex offenders. The bill also directed the Suffolk County Department of Social Services to find suitable locations for private shelters elsewhere across the county.
The Legislature originally passed the bill  in a 14-4 vote May 11. Mr. Levy vetoed that bill May 26.
Under the voucher system, homeless sex offenders are given $90 a day to pay for a meal and lodging in motels and boarding houses.
Mr. Levy has argued that voucher systems are used successfully to house sex offenders in neighboring Nassau County and throughout the state.
The county’s homeless sex offender populations are currently housed in two construction trailers on county-owned property at the Suffolk County jail in Riverside and in Westhampton.
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