Homeless Outreach

The Story

Mayor de Blasio has announced a plan to deal with the problem of homeless people camping out and living in the subway system: instead of handing out summonses for fare-beating, police will direct the homeless to shelters. But this plan seems to assume that homeless individuals are somehow unaware of the availability of shelter or other services. The city will need to do much more than this to get control over the crisis.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Spending: Spending on homeless services has almost tripled under Mayor de Blasio, including extensive allocations for outreach and awareness. Read more.

  2. Street: The number of single adults living in shelters has increased dramatically during de Blasio’s mayoralty, indicating that the homeless population still living on the street is deeply resistant to city services. Read more.

  3. Community: The mayor’s “community-based” approach to dealing with the seriously mentally ill homeless has so far failed to produce results. Read more.

“Kendra’s Law is New York’s most effective and efficient program for the subset of seriously mentally ill who become homeless, arrested, incarcerated or hospitalized when not in treatment.”

DJ Jaffe, Manhattan Institute adjunct fellow

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

HRA Adrift By Dennis Smith, William Grinker (Autumn 1993)

“The effectiveness of HRA’s programs has a profound impact on the lives of poor New Yorkers. While the government cannot eliminate poverty, child abuse, or homelessness, it could do a great deal to lessen these problems.”

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