When Hector Reyes moved into his new apartment in December, it marked an end to a string of misfortunes for the disabled veteran, including a period in New York City’s homeless shelters.
The 24-year-old’s improved circumstances represent a step toward the city’s efforts to achieve what it calls “functional zero” homelessness among veterans, which means that the number of homeless veterans entering shelters over 90 days equals the number leaving, according to local homeless advocates and officials.
Nearly 400 homeless people have come in off the streets since bitterly cold temperatures set in Saturday, Mayor de Blasio said.
There have been no known deaths related to the cold.
City teams brought 105 people to homeless shelters, all but one of them voluntarily.
On the February 13, 2016 edition of The New York Times Close Up, hosted by Clyde Haberman, Times Critic at Large Wesley Morris describes Divisive and Diverse, though not at the same time: one is for the cover story in this Sunday’s Arts and Leisure section, and the other is his “First Words” column in this Sunday’s Times Magazine.
Times contributing writer Rachel Kahdzi Ghansah examines Chirlane McCray’s role as personal and political partner to her husband, Mayor Bill de Blasio, for the cover story in the Sunday Magazine.