NYC Mayor Admits To Mistakes Regarding Homelessness, Says It’s A “Long War”

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NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio spoke with the New York Daily News about his first term in office as mayor, and his hopes for the future of the city. He reportedly stated that he has regrets regarding the manner in which his administration handled to homeless crisis.

He is quoted in the New York Daily News as stating the following regarding his strategies for grappling with the city’s unprecedented homelessness quagmire: “Obviously, I am not happy with where we stand on homelessness…We did that wrong and I take full responsibility for taking so long to put together a holistic plan. That’s on me and my team. To end homelessness in New York City, I don’t know how and when that happens…On homelessness, I think we’re talking about a long war and people should be honest about that.”


NYC Mayor Addresses Homelessness And Affordable Housing At Bed-Stuy Town Hall Meeting

HRA Commissioner Steven Banks also makes an appearance.

I will be analyzing a lot of what was said at this event topic-by-topic on this blog…Stay tuned.


NYC’s Mayor On The Housing Crisis

NYC Mayor Housing
“The rich got richer- everyone else started falling behind economically. Just when you would not expect that to come with a huge increase in the cost of housing. Guess what? The cost of housing skyrocketed. Even after the great recession, the cost of housing skyrocketing in this city. Those unfortunately were the building blocks of this crisis.  So, the fact is, the reality of homelessness in this city changed profoundly; it became much more an ecomonic reality.  But the city’s approach to homelessness didn’t change- didn’t recognize these new realities.” -Mayor De Blasio