90 Homeless Shelters to be Built in New York Within Next 5 Years

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By 2021, the city aims to reduce the number of people living in shelters by 2,500.

The figures might be difficult to comprehend, but consider this: in a city of 8.5 million people, more than 58,000 men, women, and children sleep in homeless shelters. An additional 3,100 sleep on the streets and this equates to 1 in every 147 New York citizens being homeless. Because this is a travesty, the mayor of New York recently unveiled a new plan which intends to reduce the number of people in shelters by 2,500 within the next five years.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last Tuesday that the city will replace the use of hotels and “cluster” shelters which are scattered around the city with 20 new shelters in 2017 and 20 more in 2018. These structures will be located closer to peoples’ own neighborhoods, that way they will be near the support systems offered by churches and family members.

By 2021, 90 new shelters will be constructed in five boroughs, informs a report released by the mayor’s office. The initiative also includes renovating and expanding 30 existing shelters. Mayor Blasio emphasized that progress will be “slow and incremental,” but is optimistic, nonetheless, that the goal can be accomplished. He told an audience of nonprofit service providers and community leaders:

“I hope and I believe it will be steady. If we sustain incremental progress, it will be the first time that’s happened in three-and-half decades, and that can open the door to something better up ahead.”

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