Ending Homelessness in Manhattan is Harder Than Keeping Good Data

You walk past a homeless person and you have a few options — ignore someone obviously in need or try to help: hand them a sandwich or candy bar, a dollar or two.

But there is another way to help. If you think a homeless person needs assistance, you can call 311.

Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio revamped that system as part of the creation of Home-Stat, his much-touted overhaul of the city’s homeless outreach programs.

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