Eric Adams awards $34 million in contracts to help the homeless

Mayor Eric Adams is scrambling to find alternative housing for the city’s homeless street population amid an influx of more than 13,000 migrants into the overwhelmed shelter system and has awarded $34 million in contracts to build “stabilization beds” or temporary “safe beds.” ports”.

According to records verified by The Post, the Department of Homeless Services has awarded two contracts totaling $34 million to the Bronx Family Network.

The Bronx Family Network provides services including full showers and kitchens, access to clothing, and appropriate referrals to substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation centers, and medical and health services.

DHS estimates that there are currently 3,182 homeless adults living on the streets, subways, or other public places. Other estimates are higher.

Earlier this year, Adams launched a program to remove homeless people from camps and the subway system, and dispatched response teams to convince them to have access to shelter and services.

But many homeless people refuse to go to the large collective shelters because they consider them unsafe.

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Mayor Eric Adams has awarded $34 million in contracts to provide more resources for the homeless.
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The Bronx Family Network provides services that homeless New Yorkers can benefit from.
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“For individuals who live outdoors for extended periods and agree to use services, stabilization beds offer a less restrictive alternative to traditional housing. In this way, stabilization beds provide shelter for the vulnerable and help facilitate ongoing coordinated services with response teams to help individuals who have previously resided in the subway and other public spaces get back on their feet,” das said DHS in the Announcement of Contracts.

Alternatives for the homeless on the streets can’t come soon enough as cold weather approaches and the city is already struggling to accommodate more than 7,000 of the migrants who have crammed an already overburdened shelter system.

The city has already struck emergency deals with hotels to provide 6,000 rooms for migrants in a bid to relieve a housing system that Adams said is at a breaking point.

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DHS estimates that there are currently 3,182 homeless adults living on the streets or in public spaces.
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There are about 55,000 people in the shelter system, and the city is under a federal court order to provide shelter to anyone who seeks shelter and can be sued for refusal or delay.

An advocate for the homeless said the city is way behind the curve when it comes to providing shelter and permanent housing for the homeless on the streets.

“This morning we were in two different boroughs searching for the homeless in New York when the city conducted another blitz to remove people from view. Last year the city placed only 16 people who were entitled to the streets in council housing,” said Helen Strom, a welfare and homelessness advocacy supervisor at the Safety Net Project.

“Stabilization beds that are single rooms are badly needed, but the mayor must also get people into permanent housing and stop these vicious sweeps immediately.”

An administration official said the new homelessness contracts are part of a larger $171 million program Mayor Adams announced in April.

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The Stabilization Program provides overnight beds in single rooms for the chronically homeless on the streets.
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“As part of the mayor’s focus on tackling vulnerable homelessness, the Adams administration allocated an additional $171 million per year to aggressively expand outreach and specialized resources, including safe havens, stabilization beds and contact points (DICs) and to improve,” said a spokesman for the city’s social welfare office.

“This is the largest investment by any city government in street work and targeted low-barrier programs to support some of our most vulnerable New Yorkers affected by homelessness on the streets and on the subway.”

The Stabilization Program provides overnight single rooms for the chronically homeless while outreach teams work with them to find a more permanent housing option.

Adams said on Wednesday the huge influx of migrants has “put an additional strain on our homes and our shelters” and that the administration needs to “get extremely creative when we’re putting people in temporary accommodation so that we can put them in permanent accommodation.”

“But we need the federal government and we need the state to help with that, and we’ve had discussions with both of them,” Adams said while addressing a power breakfast meeting of Crain.

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