Appeal made to city councilman on plight of homeless

About a dozen people speaking on behalf of the city's homeless made a personal appeal to a member of the New York City Council to call for a hearing on legislation that would provide housing to those without.

The group made a visit to the home of Council Member Erik Dilan (D-Brooklyn), the head of the council's Housing Committee, to ask that he hold a hearing on Intro 48. The piece of legislation requires counting the city's vacant buildings and lots in order to make them available for people presently in the shelter's system.

The protesters, some of them formerly homeless people, say Dilan refuses to call a hearing on Intro 48, which has remained dormant for the last two years.

While opponents say the measure is too costly, those who appeared at Dilan's home say they were able to count one-third of the city's vacant spaces for around $150,000. The group brought an invoice of their cost analysis, but were not able to reach Dilan at his home.

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