City Council passes bill to ease access to services for homeless New Yorkers
City Council members passed a bill Thursday to help make services available for homeless New Yorkers easier to access.
The new bill would put the list of all necessary information in a single place. It will also require the Homeless Services Department to create a “statement of rights” for those living in shelters.
"The arrival of new and aspiring New Yorkers, asylum seekers, exacerbated a problem that existed long before they were here,” said Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. "The day before the first bus came, there were 50,000 people in shelters. The city's current efforts to combat homelessness are clearly not working."
The bill also requires the DHS to distribute that information to shelters and social service offices.