The city has opened 23 new shelters to combat a 13% rise in homelessness since Mayor de Blasio took office — some of them in neighborhoods whose residents had no idea the facilities were coming to their communities.
Officials say the new shelters — in every borough except Staten Island — are essential to address the surge in homeless families that has swelled the population in the shelter system to record highs.
There are 57,390 people currently living in city homeless shelters, some 24,760 are children. Twenty of the 23 new facilities are for families with kids under 18.
When shelters opened in recent months in Astoria and Elmhurst, Queens, and Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, elected officials and residents were taken by surprise.
“Nobody wants to see more shelters in their community,” said Patrick Markee, deputy executive director for advocacy at the Coalition for the Homeless. “But the increase this year has been significant, unfortunately, and the city has an obligation to shelter kids and families who are homeless.”
Ok, let me remind you all of something....this "crisis" is of DeBlasio's own making:
Where Bloomberg offered shelter to roughly 40% of applicants, de Blasio’s team boosted the acceptance rate to 49% or more, hitting a high of nearly 57% in March.Since we didn't see mothers with children sleeping in the streets during the reign of Bloomberg, they obviously had someplace else to go. So why did DeBlasio decide to accept people who didn't actually require services? In order to manufacture a crisis so his deep-pocketed friends in the shelter industry could profit.
It is impossible to say whether more families will seek shelter and a shot at better housing because de Blasio has opened shelter doors wider. What’s clear is that the new attitude at the intake center has helped boost the shelter population.
It's all a scam, and the ringleader is the mayor. But of course, according to the media, this isn't the problem. It's the people opposed to shelters who are the problem, because "mean people suck".