By Nikita Stewart, Ford Fessenden and Tim Wallace
With the number of homeless people in New York City reaching an all-time high, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a five-year plan in February to reduce homelessness and provide better services by opening 90 new shelters and expanding 30 existing ones. As the de Blasio administration rolls out the plan, where the city decides to put the additional shelters has grown contentious.
The city’s primary shelter system is a patchwork of dormitories, family shelters, commercial hotel rooms and apartments in private buildings known as cluster apartments. Under the mayor’s plan, new and expanded shelters are to replace the hotel rooms and apartments that are scattered throughout 360 different sites across the city.
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Source: The New York Times (via The Empire Report)