NEW YORK (AP) — New York City authorities are continuing to dismantle homeless encampments on city streets, but are facing resistance among some who say they have nowhere else to go.
Homeless people living in tents in the Lower East Side of Manhattan stood their ground Wednesday as a sanitation crew awaited orders from police. More than a dozen police officers and other officials huddled around the small encampment.
Multiple people were arrested, including two homeless people and some of their advocates.
Mayor Eric Adams has made it a priority to remove encampments, calling them unsafe and unsanitary.
“People are not going to live under an undignified environment in the city where I’m the mayor,” Adams said.
But a long-standing complaint from the homeless about the city’s shelters is that they are unsafe. Advocates are calling for a more permanent solution to the problem.
“To do this without having a plan for real sustainable housing for all of the people experiencing homelessness citywide is very unproductive and very harmful,” said New York City Council member Carlina Rivera.
Since the mayor began ordering the breakup of tents, 318 encampments have been removed, according to the NYPD.
“The initiative continues to progress and to take people who are experiencing homelessness and move them off the street and out of these unsafe conditions and get them into a more stable situation and connect them with the services that many of them need,” said NYPD Chief of Department Kenneth Corey.