Bill De Blasio wants more:
“The community is part of the equation,” the mayor added. “It won’t be an easy conversation, but we are going to have a different conversation with community boards, with community civic organizations and ask each of the community board to do their fair share. That doesn’t mean if there is a protest, we will change our mind,” he said.What could go wrong?
With de Blasio’s re-election looming, homelessness has become a vulnerability that can cost him a second term. Under his three-year tenure as mayor, the city’s homeless population has jumped from 51,000 in 2013 to more than 60,000 in 2016.
“Our plan will continue to bring more people off the streets, reduce the number of shelter sites by almost half while strengthening services and keeping homeless New Yorkers closer to the supports they need to help them get back on their feet,” de Blasio declared. “It will take a united effort and the help of many New Yorkers, but together will turn the tide of homelessness.”