De Blasio wants homeless New Yorkers to be moved from hotels to shelters

NEW YORK — The city intends to move thousands of homeless New Yorkers who have been staying in hotels back into shelters, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday.

Shelter residents were moved to hotels temporarily to accommodate social-distancing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is time to move homeless folks who were in hotels for a temporary period of time back to shelters where they can get the support they need,” de Blasio said at a news conference.