NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio was joined by Cardinal Timothy Dolan in the Bronx Wednesday to outline a plan on how the city will address the growing homeless population.
Ahead of Pope Francis’ visit, the city and the Archdiocese of New York announced they are teaming up to provide 150 beds for homeless people along with needed social services before winter sets in.
De Blasio and Dolan chose a Franciscan community of friars who help the poor of the Bronx as the venue to make the announcement, WCBS 880’s John Metaxas reported.
“Pope Francis’ visit is a time to reflect on our common humanity and obligations to one another,” de Blasio said. “Too often, our city’s homeless are stigmatized, ostracized, dehumanized, and we must remember that they are our fellow human beings in crisis…We must do all that we can to uplift those struggling and help get them back on their feet.”