The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been scrambling to find homes for hundreds of families displaced by Superstorm Sandy, who have been living in hotels for months.
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.
Officer Larry DePrimo was honored for his generosity with a proclamation from the city council. Speaker Christine Quinn said the officer has set an example for other New Yorkers.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and others have come out against the City Department of Homeless Services and its plan to open a large-scale homeless shelter in a residential area on the Upper West Side.
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.
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New York City said a program that helps keep thousands of homeless off the streets will not be able to accept new applicants due to state budget cuts.
“It’s a massive effort that we do each year to be able to count the number of people who are on the street,” says the city’s commissioner of homeless services.