City Hall claimed Wednesday that 1,300 homeless New Yorkers have exited the Big Apple’s subway system to claim a bed in an emergency shelter in the three months since Mayor Eric Adams’ crackdown began.
The figures suggest another 600 have accepted a bed in a city shelter – up from the 700 who had reportedly gone through admission and accepted placement as of April.
“Three months into our work to make subways safer and connect New Yorkers in need to services, it’s evident that our efforts are working,” Adams said in a statement.
Hizzoner launched the program in February, which promised to use up to 30 teams — consisting of two police officers, a social worker and a nurse — to persuade or persuade homeless New Yorkers sleeping in stations or on trains to to go to the city’s emergency shelters.
But those sleeping underground have often spent time in shelters and are reluctant to return because of widespread complaints about often unsafe and run-down conditions at the facilities.
City Hall and the Department of Homeless Services said the census contained no duplicates and counted individuals who had entered the shelter scheme at least once since the program began.
However, officials declined to say how many of the 1,300 remained in the shelter after entering the shelter.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/25/city-hall-says-1300-homeless-nyers-moved-from-subway-to-shelter/ City Hall says 1,300 homeless New Yorkers have moved from the subway to an emergency shelter