Advocates blast city's new homeless shelter policy

THE BRONX - Advocates say the city's new homeless shelter policy is going to leave homeless people in the Bronx and the rest of the city out in the cold.Beginning Friday, anyone who arrives to the city's emergency shelter in the Bronx after 5 p.m. will be turned away if they have other housing options. Currently, no questions are asked if a homeless person or family arrives after 5 p.m. and asks to spend the night.Advocates say the change will have a major impact on the city's 36,000 homeless people. They say it will force some to return to the streets or other unsafe living conditions.According to the New York Times, officials say the move is necessary because some homeless families are re-applying for shelter when they are ineligible. The report also attributes the change to part of Mayor Bloomberg's efforts to reduce homelessness across the city.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

1 Neighborhood Brief for April 30
A 3-year-old girl died after a car accident 2 3-year-old killed in crash on Bruckner Boulevard
Greenhouses and farms on the East End are 3 East End: Flowers in full bloom
Tristin and Tyler Rodriguez, 13, have more than 4 Ambitious twins from the Bronx gather online following
Demonstrators sit on the ground along Pennsylvania Ave. 5 Marchers use Trump's 100th day to protest climate policies

advertisement | advertise on News 12


Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.