Mayor Unveils New Outreach Program To Address Homelessness

WCBS 880 Newsroom
November 14, 2019 - 4:09 pm
Mayor Bill de Blasio

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The de Blasio administration on Thursday announced a new initiative to get homeless people off the city streets.

Outreach NYC, a new city-wide, multi-agency effort will attempt to help all homeless New Yorkers across the five boroughs.

According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, the initiative will mobilize thousands of agents to conduct outreach on the streets, subways and buses.

He stressed: “18,000 city employees will be engaged in this effort.”

Currently, 400 city employees directly work with street homeless and de Blasio says the information about their whereabouts will be captured in one place.

“You can liken it to a war room or you can liken it to an air traffic control tower,” de Blasio said.

The mayor says a team of experts will coordinate the response to each report of a homeless person. He says the largest numbers of street homeless are concentrated in Manhattan below 96th street, but the increased effort will take place in all five boroughs.

Anyone who witnesses an unsheltered homeless person, they can call 311 for assistance.

De Blasio says the goal of continuing to help more New Yorkers transition off the streets and subways into transitional and permanent settings.