The severe homelessness issue in New York City does not seem to improve nearly a year after Eric Adams became mayor.
In reality, it has gotten worse since Bill de Blasio was in office.
The Coalition for the Homeless claims that the situation has reached an all-time high, with almost 65,600 individuals on average spending each night in a shelter in October.
According to the coalition, the lack of sufficient affordable housing in the city is the primary cause of homelessness.
Adams has made steps to address the situation and get homeless people off the streets, but recent data indicates that 70% of those transferred into shelters leave within a week of being accepted.
According to data about two homeless outreach programs, referred to by City Hall as the “Subway Safety Plan” and the “End of the Line” initiative, nearly 2,300 homeless people were relocated from the subway and into shelters between February and August, but only 30% of those individuals stayed longer than a week.
Many homeless people have said they feel uncomfortable at shelters, and many establishments have stringent regulations like curfews.
Recently, the mayor implemented a controversial new policy that requires homeless individuals experiencing a “mental health crisis” to be admitted to a hospital for evaluation, even if they object.
The concept is being condemned by some mental health specialists who claim it violates a person’s fundamental human rights.
Adams supported the rule, claiming that officers would receive additional training and on-the-spot assistance from mental health experts.