NYC Homeless Crisis
The homeless problem in NYC is the worst since the great depression. Currently the Mayor spends over 3 billion dollars a year on the homeless crisis. In spite of this spending, the problem is worse than ever. Many of the homeless on the streets are mentally ill. They refuse to go into shelters due to how unsafe and overcrowded they are and many homeless have been living in the subways.
With all of the public federal and state buildings available for use, including old military bases, hospitals, hotels and other federal and state land, modern rehabilitation programs can be created to rehabilitate the homeless and help many get into job training, jobs and ultimately placed in affordable housing. For those that can’t be rehabilitated, these buildings could be used to house them at a much less cost.
Currently, the Mayor and his Turn the Tide Program are spending over 1 billion dollars to rent 90 buildings in the most expensive areas of the City owned in many cases by slumlords and converted into shelters. The shelters will be managed by outside companies who make millions. At the rate of spending that the Mayor is budgeting, he will eventually bankrupt the City and the homeless crisis will continue to get worse. We want to set-up a summit with the federal and state governments to work on trying to find a solution that works. The homeless problem is a national crisis and needs our attention now before the City gets a lot worse.
Our goal is to arrange for a summit with federal and state governments to work on finding a solution for the homeless crisis.
A homeless person sleeps on a train at the Times Square-42nd St station.
NEW YORK POST
Homeless Flock to Subways During Coronavirus Pandemic
As a result of the Mayor not taking any action to permanently remove the homeless from subways, many riders who use this transportation to get to work, have caught the Coronavirus from the homeless. The residents in NJ and NY ride the subways and over 35% of the people who have caught the virus and 44% who have died are from the NJ/NY. They caught the virus riding the subways and passed it to others. The homeless defecate and urinate on the trains, cough, sneeze, touch everything on the subways. The subways are a petri dish on wheels. It is irresponsible for our politicians to not take immediate action to prevent the subways to be used as a homeless shelter. Our homeless are crying for help. Our City is neglecting them.
Former Park Savoy Hotel on 58th St.
Plan for a Homeless Shelter at the Park Savoy Hotel
For over two years now, residents have been fighting a plan by Mayor Bill de Blasio to house homeless people in the closed Savoy Hotel, a plan fraught with danger for anyone who is housed there. The shuttered Savoy, according to fire and building experts, is unfit for human habitation. It is a fire hazard, there is only one egress to the street, which would make it extremely difficult for people to exit the building in an emergency, a situation that could lead to injury or even death, but the Mayor persists in his plan.
The plan is now being fought in the Appellate division of State Supreme Court in Manhattan, where we are confident we will win and the Mayor will be forced to seek a place for homeless people in buildings that are safe, clean and well-maintained.
Citi Bike billboard racks are being placed in front of many buildings throughout the City. They are ugly, clog up our streets, result in more garbage build up around the racks and loitering. There has to be a better way. Residents should have their say about this. The city is so congested already with cars and bikes that this just adds to the problem. Unless we put pressure on the politicians, this problem will get worse. You may end up with a rack in front of your building soon.
Pedicabs are not regulated like taxicabs are. They are cluttering up our streets and they park empty ones throughout the streets cluttering up our neighborhoods. The City needs to regulate them and make sure they don’t clutter our streets and parking areas.