Nonprofit Blasts Cuomo’s Approach to Homelessness

Giselle Routhier, policy director at the Coalition for the Homeless, spoke out against the state’s latest approach to homelessness in the subway on the “Brian Lehrer Show.” The MTA deployed police officers and outreach workers to subway stations this weekend to reach out to homeless people for services and shelter placements, while MTA police officers enforced agency violations.

“What the governor came out with this week is really just an extremely harmful practice meant to make it look like he’s doing something when, in fact, he’s ignoring all the real solutions to homelessness,” she said on the show.

Routhier also criticized the methodology for an official headcount of people sleeping in subways at night and outlined her vision of how the city and state should address the problem. Listen to the whole interview below:

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