(DNAINFO) Jeff Mays | December 17, 2015 — The city will send out teams of outreach workers to canvass most of Manhattan to be more proactive in dealing with the homeless crisis and respond to 311 complaints about the issue within an hour, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday.
The mayor revealed the “HOME-STAT” plan at a speech to the Association for a Better New York at the Grand Hyatt in Midtown.
“Every single day, city teams will inspect hot spots of street homeless activity by covering every single block from Canal Street to 145th Street in Manhattan, and specially selected areas in other boroughs,” de Blasio said.
“We’ll have the most up-to-date, specific data on the street population we’ve ever had,” he continued. “And we’ll perform rigorous analysis of that data to determine what people need, what’s working, and what’s not — helping us take important steps to keep street homelessness down in the future.”