New York City to crack down on homeless camps

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) said he plans to clean up homeless camps in the city.

In an interview with The New York Times published Friday, Adams said he wanted to clear the encampments within two weeks, but not when.

“We’re going to remove the encampments from our street and we’re going to put people in healthy living conditions with enveloping services,” Adams told the Times.

Last month, Adams banned people from sleeping or taking shelter on the subway system after attacks on the city’s stations.

Adams, who took office this year, said most homeless people weren’t dangerous then, but he didn’t want “fear to become a reality.”

“We’re not going to live in fear and frustration,” he said. “We have to dam every river if we want to tackle this problem.”

According to the most recent annual estimate at one point in time, the city had more than 2,300 unsheltered homeless people by January 2021.

Referring to a city webpage that defines a camp as “a structure to live under,” including mattresses, tarps, and tents, New York City doesn’t have large homeless camps like the tent towns on the West Coast, where hundreds of people live on a site.

This comes after Los Angeles banned camping at 54 sites in October and Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) in Portland, Oregon, last month used his emergency powers to ban camping on certain roads, The Associated Press reported.

Washington, DC, mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserNew York City to crack down on homeless camps DC convoy speaker says Black Lives Matter street will be ‘paved’ DC Mayor increases police funding in 2023 budget proposal MORE (D) also launched a pilot program to clean up homeless camps last summer, the AP noted.

To clean up the encampments in his city, Adams told the Times that his administration would conduct an analysis “block by block” to identify the encampments before “executing a plan to provide services to the people living in the encampments.” encampments, and then to dismantle them”. encampments.”

“We cannot prevent someone from sleeping on the street based on the law, and we are not going to break that law,” he told the newspaper. “But you can’t build a miniature cardboard house on the street. That’s inhumane.”

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