For Immediate Release – March 26, 2022
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Coalition for the Homeless Statement on Mayor Adams’ Plan to Clear Homeless Encampments
The following statement can be attributed to Jacquelyn Simone, Policy Director for the Coalition for the Homeless:
“Once again, Mayor Adams is demonstrating his lack of understanding of unsheltered homeless New Yorkers. His administration has no plan to provide safe, single rooms where they can stay inside, and is relying instead on the tired and cruel old tactic of chasing those without shelter out of Manhattan.
“Like Giuliani, he will fail: Moving people to the outer boroughs will simply move them away from outreach workers, access to food, and the health and social services they need to survive. If the Mayor is serious about helping homeless people, he needs to open thousands of new Safe Haven and stabilization rooms and offer them to those in need, not take away what little protection they have from the elements and other dangers on the street.”