This week in Advocacy we’re focusing on Bill de Blasio’s failure to house people experiencing homelessness throughout his tenure as Mayor. Right now, New Yorkers without homes are being rushed out of hotels and back into unhealthy congregate shelters. These shelters have low vaccination rates (right now it’s 20%) and new COVID-19 variants are more transmissible. People who refuse to re-enter those unsafe shelters choose or are forced to live on the street and are subject to NYPD "sweeps." And this is all happening while we're waiting for action on a bill already passed by the City Council that would make an estimated 70,000 apartments available for low-income New Yorkers. Enough is enough!
We are gathering this Thursday, July 29, in the morning to cap a month of city-wide demonstrations, led by organizers in the 30 Days for Homeless Rights Coalition, to say:
DE BLASIO: FIX YOUR FAILURES, HOUSE HOMELESS NEW YORKERS NOW!
We’re asking de Blasio to immediately put a stop to the transfers, stop ordering the NYPD to harass people who are experiencing homelessness, and to take emergency action on Intro 146, a bill to increase the value of housing vouchers and permanently house people experiencing homelessness.
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