Advocate: De Blasio’s plan for the homeless is ‘completely inadequate’

Mike Montone
April 30, 2019 - 3:30 pm
A homeless man sits in the falling snow in the Financial District, January 30, 2019 in New York City.

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Homeless situation in New York continues to haunt Mayor Bill de Blasio.

A study released on Tuesday, projects there will be more New Yorkers without permanent homes three years from now than the mayor predicted.

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Failing grades were handed out to both the mayor and governor for their efforts in preventing homelessness, improving conditions at shelters, and coming up with long term housing solutions.

Coalition for the Homeless Policy Director Giselle Ruthier says the crisis is deepening, and officials must change course. She says it's really hurting homeless kids.

"On average homeless students miss still 32 days of school in a school year. More than the average that a child can miss without being held back," she said.

There are 65,000 people a night in shelters -- some of them are expecting mothers.

"As of 2017, we know that one out of every one hundred babies was born to a mom in a shelter. That's just really staggering," she said.

Routhier called the mayor's plan 'completely inadequate.'

The 2019 State of the Homeless report says there will be another 5,000 people in New York's shelters if the situation goes on unimpeded.

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