Homeless Woman About 8,000 homeless New Yorkers are being kicked out of New York City hotels and moved back into homeless shelters this week, ending their months-long stays at the posh abodes due to the pandemic.
Homeless long-term guests will be moved out of 60 hotels across the city by the end of July, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced earlier this month. Last July more than 200 homeless men were moved from congregate shelters to The Lucerne hotel on the UWS because of the pandemic. Today the remaining 68 residents are going back to those shelters. pic.twitter.com/Wm9CmZLPi0
— Kevin Rincon (@KevRincon) June 28, 2021 “It is time to move homeless folks who were in hotels for a temporary period of time back to shelters, where they can get the support they need,” the mayor said at his daily press conference on June 16.
“In shelters is where we can provide support, a variety of services, and that pathway out of shelter and into a better life,” de Blasio added.
The process of moving the homeless residents out began this week. The Lucerne, which took in more than 200 homeless men a year ago, moved out the 68 men who were still living there.
The high-end hotel on the Upper West Side became embroiled in a legal battle over the presence of the homeless residents, some of whom suffer from mental illness and substance abuse issues.
Residents of the neighborhood complained that the men engaged in unacceptable behavior including open drug use and […]