NYC plans to move the homeless camps off the road

New York City officials are planning to remove temporary shelters set up by homeless people on city streets, reflecting similar efforts in other liberal metropolises that previously endured the camps.

NEW YORK – New York City officials are planning to remove temporary shelters set up by homeless people on city streets, a reflection of similar efforts in other liberal metropolitan areas that camps have previously endured.

Mayor Eric Adams revealed the initiative in an interview with The New York Times on Friday, but gave some details. It comes a month after he announced a push to evacuate homeless people from the city’s extensive subway system in response to the attacks and other aggressive behavior.

“We are going to liberate our street camps and we will keep the people wrapped up in a healthy living environment,” he told the Times. “I’m asking the agencies in my city to block an analysis by block, by district, to identify where the camps are, then to implement a plan to serve those who are in the camps, then to demolish those camps.”

Adams did not say where the people living in the camp would go, and recognized officials could not force anyone to move to a homeless shelter. He hopes the effort will begin in two weeks.

“We cannot prevent a person from sleeping on the street under the law and we are not going to violate that law,” he said. “But you can’t build a small house made of cardboard on the street. It’s inhumane. “

In its latest estimate in January 2021, the city said about 1,100 people were living in parks and on the streets – a number that many lawyers see as a low count. Most of the city’s 50,000 homeless people live in shelters.

Homeless people and their lawyers say the removal of the roadside tents has caused people to move from one place to another.

A growing number of cities across the country, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C., are removing camps and taking other steps to tackle homelessness that were unheard of a few years ago.

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