NEW YORK (PIX11) – The New York City Department of Homeless Services is already seeing high intake numbers this winter, and it could get worse.
DHS has ordered all 75 single adult homeless shelters citywide to accept any individual who comes to their front door, and essentially bypass their central intake process, according to a spokesperson for the department.
From 8p.m.- 8a.m. overnight on Monday, according to DHS, 12 street outreach teams responded to 59 3-1-1 calls reporting homeless activity, and the teams engaged 51 street homeless clients. Only twelve came in voluntarily.
This is higher than normal. According to a spokesperson, they have five teams out citywide on an average winter night and regularly would respond to 10 or 12 NYC 3-1-1 calls.