Coalition for the Homeless
An advocacy group for the homeless has disputed Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s defense of his policies on homelessness as he kicked off his farewell tour on Tuesday.
Dean Cain, the actor best known for playing Superman on the “Lois and Clark” TV series, has been focusing his attention lately on helping the less fortunate.
The Coalition for the Homeless says that the mayor’s approach relies on short-term emergency solutions at the expense of long-term federally funded options, such as housing programs that have shown promise in the past.
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York City has made its homeless shelters so “much more pleasurable” that there’s less pressure for people to leave.
The city’s Department of Homeless Services said volunteers counted an estimated 3,262 homeless people living on the streets on January 30. There were 2,648 counted in 2011.
Tuesday’s decision in Manhattan’s State Supreme court is in response to a proposal that would have required people to show they’re truly homeless, with documents if possible.
The policy would require single adults looking for shelter to prove they have nowhere else to go.
The number of people in New York City’s homeless shelters exceeded 40,000 last week for the first time.
When a reporter asking about cell phones on the subway mentioned panhandlers, the Mayor quipped “there aren’t very many panhandlers left in all fairness to the MTA, come on.”
The Coalition for the Homeless said a record 113,553 people — including 42,888 children — slept in shelters run by New York City in fiscal year 2010.