N.Y.C. Initiative Seeks to Connect Homeless on Transit with Social Services
Katie Pyzyk reports that New York City plans to increase outreach to homeless people on the subway through the Homeless Outreach & Mobile Engagement Street Action Teams (HOME-STAT) initiative.
The HOME-STAT activities will include development of an interagency command center, an increase in outreach efforts, and a shared closed-circuit television feed to help teams with monitoring of the subway network.
"The initiatives are designed to get shelter and other supportive services to individuals experiencing homelessness, even if they have repeatedly refused those services in the past. The city's statements about the homeless solutions repeatedly reference efforts to get homeless people to 'accept services,'" says Pyzyk.