Homeless shelters house non-New Yorkers

New York City officials are saying they brought 97 homeless people off the streets during a frigid night.

Officials said the people were sent to shelters, safe havens, hospitals and other indoor locations between 8 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday.

One of those people was moved involuntary to receive mental health care. The others moved voluntarily.

Another 101 people came into city hospital emergency rooms to receive medical care.

The outreach came as the city called a "Code Blue" which expands city services to the homeless on a particularly cold night.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive order requiring municipalities to, if needed, forcibly remove the homeless from the street when temperatures reach 32 degrees Fahrenheit went into effect on Tuesday.  But city officials said it played no role in their outreach.

Fox 5 News got a look inside one city shelter in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx.  Lisa Evers reported that the city houses people who are not citizens of the city as part of their homeless outreach.  15% percent using the city services are not citizens of the city.


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