The City’s Homelessness Crisis and the Mayor’s Housing Plan

February will mark two years since Mayor de Blasio unveiled his “Turning the Tide” plan to address the homelessness crisis that had swelled during the first three years of his mayoralty. May will be the fifth anniversary of the mayor announcing his “Housing New York” plan to create or preserve 200,000 units of income-targeted housing. He raised the goal to 300,000 during his 2017 re-election campaign.

Each plan has had its own supporters and critics, its particular ups and downs. But the fact that they are separate plans is itself a major bone of contention between the mayor and some affordable housing advocates.