City takes action to help homeless during unhealthy air quality alert

City officials are taking initiative across all five boroughs by deploying outreach teams to help unsheltered New Yorkers amid the unhealthy air alert.
A collaborative effort between the Department of Social Services and the Department of Homeless Services is working to connect New Yorkers experiencing homelessness with shelter, low-barrier programs and drop-in centers.
The deployed teams will also be following up with those who have respiratory illnesses.
The Coalition for the Homeless says there were 68,884 homeless people, including 21,805 homeless children, reported in the shelter system in December 2022.