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New York City Council employees want Mayor Adams to increase funding meant to mitigate homelessness by $300 million


City Councils want Mayor Eric Adams to pump $300 million more into his plans to eradicate homelessness in New York City, saying that the tabled budget is not "enough".
New York City Mayor Eric Adams during a media briefing.Tayfun Coskun: Anadolu Agency / Gallo Images

New York City Council employees want the city's mayor, Eric Adams, to add an annual $300 million into the current proposed funding that is meant to mitigate homelessness.

In a statement released by the City Council, they demand funding for housing and homelessness to be increased by more than $300 million per year and an added increase in the city's capital funding allocation by a whopping $4 billion.

The Council Speaker, Adrienne Adams and a few of her City Council colleagues identified housing as the number one concern among New Yorkers and linked the issue to public safety.

In her own words, Council Speaker Adams said:

If we want to advance public safety, we need to invest in expanding the solutions that provide truly affordable housing, as well as the programs and services that we know work. These effective and thoughtful policies and solutions are right in front of us. We just have to implement them."

Last month, Mayor Eric Adams ordered every homeless camp across New York to be taken down within two weeks because the situation is dangerous to those living there and the city.

Mayor Adams added that these homeless encampments are also dangerous to the city itself, pointing out how crimes have worsened and hampered the city's security measures.

Back in February, Mayor Adams unveiled a new subway safety strategy to combat the city's rising crime and homelessness in a report by CBS.

An article from KCRW said the latest current figures, New York City has more homeless persons than the whole county of Los Angeles.

These new plans prompted Mayor Adams to be asked by experts and critics where the homeless people would go if they had to dismantle their encampments.

The city's council is also seeking a $49 million investment to convert hotels that were used as homeless shelters into affordable housing, a report from the New York Daily News has highlighted.

The investment is reportedly meant to also aid in ending the bureaucratic roadblocks that people encounter when attempting to use city housing vouchers.

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