Amid Review, de Blasio Touts Policies On Homeless

NEW YORK (AP) -

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration on Tuesday touted his policies which they say have helped 30,000 New Yorkers exit or avoid homeless shelters.

De Blasio ordered city agencies to conduct a 90-day review of its homelessness policies last month amid a rise in the number of people living in shelters. The city released some findings showing the rental assistance programs have helped 30,000 find people find new homes since de Blasio came into office in January 2014.

Another 300,000 people received a one-time subsidy that allowed them to stay in their apartments and approximately 58,000 people remain in city shelters. Another 3,000 to 4,000 are estimated to be living on the streets.