Mr. Mercer, a former retirement planner from California, mentioned that he and his associates have heard of at the least two stabbings and a pepper-spray assault this winter. “We attempt to look out for one another,” he mentioned.
In New York outdoors Holy Apostles on Ninth Avenue, Ossie Andrew, 42, mentioned that he was jumped whereas sleeping on a subway prepare a couple of month in the past however that he nonetheless thought of residing within the streets and trains safer than group shelters.
“As soon as it’s late at night time, these are dangers that you just take,” Mr. Andrew mentioned.
In New York, folks residing on the streets and subways have been a rising supply of concern in the course of the pandemic, each for their very own well-being and for the well-being of a number of the folks they arrive involved with.
A sequence of random assaults throughout the town, a few of them deadly and dedicated by homeless folks, in keeping with the police, have led to homeless folks being broadly solid as a social menace that must be tamed.
Final month, Mr. Adams introduced a wide-ranging plan to clear the subway of the individuals who stay there. It consists of sending extra social employees and medical professionals into the transit system to supply providers in addition to extra aggressive enforcement of guidelines in opposition to loitering and orders for the police to evict anybody utilizing the subway for something aside from transportation.
At a vigil on Sunday for the two men shot in Manhattan, Carl Garrison, a minister of homeless outreach on the Manhattan Church of Christ, mentioned the demonization of the homeless was partly answerable for the present assaults. “You possibly can’t speak about folks as being vermin and being ‘disgusting animals’ with out it having a repercussion,” he mentioned. “Final night time was the repercussion of this.”
The town has scrambled for years to create extra housing of the type that may entice homeless folks off the road. Mr. Adams’s predecessor, Invoice de Blasio, opened a number of thousand beds in so-called low-threshold shelters that supply personal rooms and fewer guidelines and curfews than conventional shelters. However these rooms stay briefly provide. In the meantime, the town has torn down extra homeless encampments.
Supply: NY Times