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Mayor Adams cites “a win” in the fight against NYC subway homelessness

By 08/30/2022 3:36 PMNo Comments

Mayor Adams hailed “mission accomplished” in his campaign to get homeless people out of the city’s subway system on Monday.

“You arrive on trains, and now you don’t have the encampments around that you saw before,” he told reporters at City Hall during a press conference. “

You don’t have a significant number of homeless people as you saw earlier.”

“We’ve won,” Hizzoner announced.

In February, the mayor and Governor Hochul unveiled the “subway safety plan,” which aimed to blitz end-of-line subway stations with homeless outreach and mental health personnel.

Typically, these workers are accompanied by cops and doctors who force homeless people into care if they are deemed a danger to themselves or others.

According to Adams spokesperson Kate Smart, as of Aug. 20, 2,222 people had checked into the shelter under the arrangement.

Officials from the city did not say how many of those people later left the system.

The city believes approximately 3,400 people sleep on the subways and streets in the winter.

Still, homeless groups say the figure is a significant undercount because it is based on a one-night study of a small subway system area.

On Monday, Adams agreed that homelessness on subways tends to improve throughout the summer.

“Wintertime is going to bring new challenges—we’re clear on that,” Adams said.

But we’re going to be prepared when the time comes so we can continue to do what’s right for our fellow New Yorkers,” Adams added.

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