The leaders in the New York leaders and City Council colleagues are keen on transitioning homeless people into permanent housing faster and more easier, according to recent reports.
Recent reports indicate that the leaders in New York and their City Council colleagues are highly committed to expediting and simplifying the transition of homeless individuals into permanent housing.
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 response to this, 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, a statement that was released last year said.
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."
Sometime last year, 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.
Mayor Adams unveiled a new subway safety strategy to combat the city's rising crime and homelessness in a report by CBS.
What is even worse is that rental and property blogs do highlight how expensive and unaffordable the rental market is in New York.
As such, this will continue to exacerbate the situation, and Mayor Adams has been asked by experts and critics where the homeless people will go if they have to dismantle their encampment
An article from KCRW said the latest current figures, New York City has more homeless persons than the whole county of Los Angeles.
The city's council has been looking for 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.