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New York's Homelessness Crisis

Newspaper article International New York Times

New York's Homelessness Crisis

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Mayor Bill de Blasio takes on a complicated problem with a new strategy.

In the final days of his second year in office, Mayor Bill de Blasio has stirred himself to greater action on homelessness. Under fire for months over a problem that he had promised long ago to solve -- but one that he seemed inclined to dismiss or play down, or to blame on others -- Mr. de Blasio stepped forward last week with a shake-up and a plan.

There will be more outreach to and monitoring of people living on the street, more caseworkers guiding people to help, more police officers to handle encampments and people who seem disturbed or dangerous. If it works, the mayor should get credit for finally giving the problem the top-priority attention it deserves.

But attention isn't the same as results. With Mr. de Blasio's new proposals and staffing shake-up, the mayor is acknowledging management failures and the need for different approaches. …

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