Abandoned Tenants Rally to Demand Housing Help

The Queens Times Ledger reported on a rally on Aug. 31 by three-quarter house tenants to fight the threat of homelessness after the NYS Attorney General charged directors of Interline with stealing over $2.3 million in a Medicaid kickback scheme. Tenants, whose housing is now in limbo, rallied to ask the City to provide Special Exit and Prevention Supplement (SEPS) vouchers to help them secure permanent housing. Like other substance abuse treatment programs that have been indicted on Medicaid fraud, Interline made participation in their treatment program a condition of housing, whether or not the individual needed treatment, provided substandard and overcrowded housing, and imposed restrictive house rules.