New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is laying out a new strategy to reduce homelessness across the five boroughs. He says the city will stop using private apartments, known as cluster sites, and commercial hotels to house the homeless. He says they’ll build new or expand on existing shelters.
“Ninety new shelters will be necessary. We think it’s more than a fair trade off to build new and better facilities, cleaner, safer facilities. The overall number of buildings that are addressing the homeless crisis will be reduced by forty-five percent,” de Blasio said.