NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The de Blasio administration and the New York Archdiocese are joining forcesĀ on ways to house and provide services for the poor.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, the city has its eye on empty lots, closed schools and other church properties that could be used for housing and other services, some of which could be run by Catholic charities.

“It’s the ultimate non-profit organization, right, so this is dollars that are partnered, that we do in partnership with them, our dollars that go directly to serve people in need,” said First Deputy Mayor Tony Shorris.

Shorris said that while the private sector can be important partners for the city, “…there are other players at the table when you’re in partnership with the private sector; there are investors and others who expect return.”

And Cardinal Timothy Dolan said the archdiocese does have properties and buildings that are ready for alternative use and that he wants them to be used for the mission of the church, Lamb reported.