De Blasio Aims to Fix Troubled NYC Homeless-Shelter System

NEW YORK (AP) -

Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to announce a new plan to identify and fix problems within New York City’s overburdened homeless shelter system. Administration officials told The Associated Press that the mayor will announce the overhaul Wednesday.

The city will increase the number of shelter inspections and establish a rapid repair program.

The move comes as the city grapples with a surge in homelessness. Approximately 58,000 people are in the shelters, a near record high. An additional 3,000 to 4,000 people are estimated to be living on city streets.

De Blasio’s push to repair shelters comes as Comptroller Scott Stringer is warning City Hall about poor conditions in those facilities. Stringer says an audit found more than 18,000 health or safety violations at 500 shelters.