The new law also reiterates that New Yorkers have a right to shelter, a mandate in place since 1981. To make more room, the city has rented out entire hotels and found temporary accommodations in nearby counties.
The city's decision to open a safe haven homeless shelter near an elementary school on the Upper West Side is drawing pushback from neighbors, but also some support.
Gary Jenkins, who was appointed in January 2022, had been responsible for the Department of Homeless Services and NYC's Human Resources Administration.
Travelers and staff say they're seeing more and more homeless people taking shelter at the walkway between the AirTrain and Terminal 5 at JFK Airport.
The Coalition for the Homeless claim the average number of people sleeping in a shelter every night climbed to nearly 66,000 in October, an all-time high.
More than two-thirds of homeless individuals who have been moved off streets and subways leave the shelter system within a week of being admitted, according to a report.
A federal judge will not immediately halt New York City's plans to force mentally ill people from the streets and into treatment while he fully examines the issue and makes a final ruling in the coming weeks.
Nearly three-quarters of children who live in shelters are chronically absent from school in New York City. One primary reason? Kids often have a very long commute from the shelter to the classroom.
Mayor Eric Adams has claimed that the city has a moral obligation to help someone who is clearly in a mental health crisis. But now a legal motion is seeking to stop his plan to hospitalize people against their will.
Mayor Eric Adams joined Good Day New York to discuss his controversial new policy to start forcing homeless people who are determined to be suffering a "mental health crisis" off the streets and out of the subway system.
Mayor Eric Adams on Monday doubled down on his directive that forces homeless individuals suffering from severe mental illness into a hospital for evaluation even without their consent.
Under a new policy, first responders in New York City will be able to take people with severe mental illness to a hospital for evaluation without their consent. But questions are being asked about resources and accountability.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams says the NYPD, FDNY, and other city agencies will start forcing homeless people who are determined to be suffering a "mental health crisis" off the streets and out of the subway system.
New York state public health law allows authorities to involuntarily commit a person who seems to be a danger to themselves or others. The mayor's new program to sweep people with severe mental illness off the streets requires reinterpreting that law.
A Los Angeles business owner has had it with the homeless crisis in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood. She says the unhoused people are ruining her livelihood and killing her business.
More than 140 people experiencing homelessness in Denver will each be provided up to $1,000 in cash a month for up to one year as part of a basic income program designed to help "lift individuals out of homelessness," the city announced last week.
New York City is floating the idea of using cruise ships as temporary housing. "We're not going to leave any stone unturned," Mayor Eric Adams said.
With a surge of migrants being bused to the city by Texas officials, New York City Mayor Eric Adams says the shelter system is nearing its breaking point.
As Republican governors continue to send migrants out of their states, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sent two planes of immigrants to the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard on Wednesday.
New York City officials claim that many of the migrants who are being bused from Texas did not want to go to New York so they are helping them get to other states.