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
Spending: Spending on homeless services has almost tripled under Mayor de Blasio, including extensive allocations for outreach and awareness. Read more.
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.
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.”
Decriminalizing fare evasion has turned our subways into wards for the homeless & mentally ill & reversed all the hard work NYC POs have done to keep our subways safe. Now @NYGovCuomo has to add 500 more POs to keep our subways running. Where is @BilldeBlasio? Nowhere to be found https://t.co/bhsPB8QGL0— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) June 17, 2019
The Past is Present
“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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“How did the e-situation shift in Albany? The Sunday version of the bill has some carefully specific language. For example, it adds a particular definition for the throttle-style bikes that don’t require pedaling and are often used by delivery workers, but the definition only applies in New York City.”