Mayor wants 90 new homeless shelters

Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to reduce homelessness in New York City would involve cracking down on illegal evictions and expanding affordable housing.



The mayor says the population at homeless shelters has risen by 115 percent over the past 20 years.



His plan also calls for reforming current shelters and ending the city's cluster shelter program by 2021. Cluster shelters are privately owned apartments that the city rents to help shelter homeless people. Shelters inside hotels would be phased out by 2023.



To replace clusters and hotels, the mayor wants to build 90 new homeless shelters across the city, including the first new one in Crown Heights, which is expected to house more than 100 families.


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