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City Aids 139 Homeless People Found on the Subway Last Night

A homeless person sleeps on the E train (Wikimedia Commons/ Jess Hawsor / CC BY-SA)

May 6, 2020 By Allie Griffin

City workers convinced 139 homeless New Yorkers sleeping in subway cars and stations last night to take refuge at city shelters.

NYPD and MTA officers, along with outreach workers, found 242 homeless people in the subways and stations when trains were closed early this morning from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. Each was offered assistance in finding a bed and 139 took the offer.

Mayor Bill de Blasio praised the success of the outreach effort on the first morning of the new nightly closures during the coronavirus pandemic.

“More than half of the people encountered and engaged, agreed to leave the subways, to leave the streets and come in and that’s an amazing reality to begin with,” de Blasio said.

The 139 people have been moved into safe havens and congregant shelters, he said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the mayor announced last week that subway service would end each day from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. so cleaning crews can disinfect each subway car and station amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Many elected officials have complained that homeless New Yorkers have taken over the subways as ridership has dramatically reduced with people staying home during the health crisis.

The overnight shutdown means all New Yorkers, including the homeless, must vacate the subways and stations during the specified hours.

Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks did note, however, that some of the homeless people they helped last night will return to the subway.

“Some people may return, but we’ll be back every night, offering that helping hand to bring them off the streets,” Banks said.

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Love the homeless

Homeless people should be tested, first for their own health and safety. TAnya seems just to care about herself and wants the death and sickness in another neighborhood.

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#wherejimmy?

Maybe Jimmy Van Bramer can put people in his house? He has been strangely quiet.

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You don't have to paste this comment everytime

Right, JVB has to comment on NYC-wide homelessness? That ACTUALLY offends you 😂

JVB’s actually BEEN homeless, but please continue to explain to him what’s it’s like.

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tom

One can remake the movie “Lion” about a homeless person in NYC looking for his Subway car and belongings after they transfer him to a homeless shelter in Staten Island.

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Sunnysideposthatesme

This should have been done years ago. A bum stinking up the joint was always taken as a joke

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Iceman

And why didn’t big bird do this before and also the homeless situation in trains and on the streets exploded under his watch.

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Liveliehoods Matter Too

A lot more people will be homeless if we don’t get back to work and revive the economy. Cuomo and de Bozo both have guaranteed paychecks and free housing so they can afford to be wishy-washy when it comes to crass monetary concerns.

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