NYC Mayor de Blasio Expands Outreach to Homeless

NEW YORK (AP) -
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, Pool, File)
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, Pool, File)

Mayor Bill de Blasio is launching a sweeping new initiative to combat the persistent problem of homelessness in New York City.

He announced Thursday that city teams will canvass every block of an 8-mile stretch in Manhattan daily to reach out to those living on the street.

The program, dubbed Home-Stat, will launch immediately and be fully running in March.

There are estimated to be 3,000 to 4,000 homeless living on the streets of the nation’s largest city. Another 58,000 are in shelters.

De Blasio has been dogged by criticism that he was slow to react to the homelessness crisis. The city’s Department of Homeless Services commissioner resigned earlier this week.

De Blasio made the announcement in a speech to the influential business group Association for a Better New York.