New survey shows more NYers feel de Blasio has mishandled city’s homelessness crisis

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EAST HARLEM, Manhattan – 61-year-old Floyd Parks is one of the faces of the city's intensifying homelessness crisis.

Over the last year, PIX11's investigation has explored the myriad of issues plaguing the city's shelter system. But for millions of New Yorkers, street panhandling is the most frequent point of engagement in the homelessness crisis.

The latest Quinnipiac University poll, when comparing it a January poll, finds more people are disapproving de Blasio's handling on poverty and homelessness.

The running theme in so many of the stories over the last year, according to those in the system, is a feeling of being stuck. The city is offering little to no social services in order to help people like Floyd get back on their feet.

"All they do put us in warehouses," Parks said about the Department of Homeless Services. "They just push us off the streets."

Of those questioned in the poll, survey takers say they've noticed more panhandling on the streets now. They also see homelessness as a serious problem in New York City.

PIX11 visited the office of the non-profit, homeless outreach program "Picture the Homeless" in East Harlem to get Nikita Price's assessment.

"If de Blasio was an ally, there would be a very comprehensive plan for housing people," said Nikita Price, organizer of Picture the Homeless. "But there isn't. What is the real plan for housing more 60,000 people in shelter?"

A spokesperson for Mayor de Blasio struck a familiar tone, acknowledging the rapidly growing homelessness crisis.

"We're proud of our progress, but there's no doubt a very long way to go to solving a problem decades in the making," Aja Worthy-Davis said.