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New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) has been in office for almost three months and is gearing up to tackle the growing homeless problem in the nation’s most populated city.
“We’re going to rid the encampments off our street and we’re going to place people in healthy living conditions with wraparound services,” he told the New York Times in an interview published on Friday.
Adams plans to start cleaning up the streets where more than an estimated 2,300 homeless live within about two weeks but was not specific on when efforts would begin, or where the homeless would go.
According to a city website, encampments are defined as “a structure to live under, including but not limited to: mattresses, tarps, tents, camping setups.” And while New York City most certainly has a homeless population, the city has not experienced the vast homeless encampments like those seen in California and Oregon.
According to the 61-year-old mayor, it’s not illegal to sleep on the street, it’s just illegal to sleep on the street while simultaneously sheltering yourself from the elements where temperatures have been recorded as low as -15 degrees.
“We can’t stop an individual from sleeping on the street based on law, and we’re not going to violate that law,” Adams said. “But you can’t build a miniature house made out of cardboard on the streets. That’s inhumane.”
“I’m telling my city agencies to do an analysis block by block, district by district, identify where the encampments are, then execute a plan to give services to the people who are in the encampments, then to dismantle those encampments,” Adams said.
However, some people on social media were skeptical of the mayor’s plan.
“We’re going to rid the encampments off our street and we’re going to place people in healthy living conditions with wraparound services,” Adams told the Times. The proof will be in the pudding. Clearing people out without a plan is just plain cruel.
— Joy Rock✌🏼🌻 (@gclt5) March 27, 2022
Lets try the same damn solution for the 83625294th time and maybe it will work
— 𝙹𝚞𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚎 𝚂𝚙𝚞𝚝𝚗𝚒𝚔🇺🇦🌻 (@Nex_Violenta) March 27, 2022
DEMS pretend to focus on things that matter yet in the end they do nothing.
— Meredith Jackson (@Meredith5162) March 27, 2022
I see nyc hasn’t forgotten its socialist ways
— GameRhardG (@gAmerhardG_) March 27, 2022
Last month Adams announced a “Subway Safety Plan” to deal with the homeless population inhabiting the subway on the heels of six subway stabbings in one weekend.
“It is cruel and inhumane to allow unhoused people to live on the subway, and unfair to paying passengers and transit workers who deserve a clean, orderly, and safe environment,” Adams proclaimed in a statement. “The days of turning a blind eye to this growing problem are over.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 21, 2022
Adams explained at the time that while the “vast majority” of the homeless population is not dangerous, he didn’t want “fear to become reality.”
Just tell that to the six subway stabbing victims last month.
“We are not going to live in fear and frustration,” Adams said last month according to The Hill. “We have to dam every river if we are going to address this issue.”
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