Homeless persons in New York City on average stayed nearly 100 days longer in shelters in 2017 than four years ago, according to an upcoming report from the Manhattan Institute.
Under Mayor Bill de Blasio, the average adult homeless person stayed in the shelter for 383 days in 2017 compared to the 293-day average stay in 2013.
“The more comfortable an adult or a family feels in a temporary housing situation, the weaker the motivation could become to move back into the community,” Stephen Eide, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, told the New York Post, which first reported on Manhattan Institute’s study expected to be released this week.
The report will show that adults with children stayed in shelters for 39 days longer than in 2013, and the average stay for adults without children increased 81 days to more than a year and a half.
“We need to focus more on moving people out,” Eide said.
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De Blasio has been criticized for his policies on homelessness, which has grown during his time in office. He recently announced plans to create permanent homeless housing to replace shelters and cluster sites, using eminent domain to commandeer buildings if landlords don’t cooperate, The New York Times reported in December.
“We’re fast-tracking the transition from shelter to higher-quality, permanently affordable housing for New Yorkers caught in the grips of our city’s affordability crisis,” de Blasio said.
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