Concern grows about homeless people sleeping on trains during pandemic

For nearly two months, New Yorkers have been staying home, but that is not an option for people who are homeless - many of whom are seeking shelter on the city's trains.

News 12 Staff

Apr 21, 2020, 8:45 PM

Updated 1,489 days ago

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For nearly two months, New Yorkers have been staying home, but that is not an option for people who are homeless - many of whom are seeking shelter on the city's trains.
Eromosele Okonofua is an essential worker who comes across several homeless people sleeping on the subways. He says he is worried about getting exposed to coronavirus.
The MTA says it has stepped up security and has created a task force to reach out to homeless riders to get them the help they need.
"That is something the city needs to fix. Our customers don't deserve it nor those vulnerable people who need help. They need to go to a place that they find secure enough," said MTA Chief Safety Officer Patrick Warren.
The city's Department of Homeless Services says that Home-Stat teams are continuing their outreach 24/7 during the crisis to help unsheltered New Yorkers find transitional and permanent housing.
In a statement the DHS said, "As part of those efforts, they canvass the streets and subways every day, offering a helping hand. During this pandemic, these essential staff are more essential than ever, focused on protecting our clients' safety in addition to helping them transition off the streets and subways."
The agency said prior to the pandemic, more than 2,500 New Yorkers got back on their feet and into stable housing as a result of its Home-Stat program.
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