Battle Brewing Over Homeless Housing In New York City

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new proposal to force City Hall to build more apartments for the homeless ignited a battle between City Council and Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday.

Advocates took to the steps of City Hall with a clear-cut message for the man who runs the show, holding posters showing their disdain for his policies.

With winter coming and nearly 61,000 people living in shelters, the homeless and advocate groups came to support a new bill requiring that 15 percent of apartments built with city subsidies be earmarked for the homeless.

The Bronx Councilman Rafael Salamanca-sponsored bill’s target is the mayor’s 300,000 affordable housing plan.

“Homelessness  in New York City has reached the highest level since the Great Depression in the 1930s,” Salamanca said. “Is this the legacy that you, Mister Mayor, want to leave behind?”