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Originally published in the December 2014 Juniper Berry Magazine

things that are dumb: DE BLASIO WORSENS HOMELESS CRISIS

An October editorial in the Daily News shed more light on the role that the de Blasio administration has played in worsening NYC's homeless situation. The Bloomberg approach... restricted shelter admissions to families that had no other alternative, such as living with a relative. The stringency was designed to prevent New Yorkers from selfdeclaring as homeless in order to find a path into housing that is sought by thousands of people. The shelter population has continued a steady upward march... because more families continue to apply for help — and, now, because more of those who apply are getting in... Where Bloomberg offered shelter to roughly 40% of applicants, de Blasio's team boosted the acceptance rate to 49% or more, hitting a high of nearly 57% in March. Now the administration is scrambling to open more shelters to deal with the monster it created.

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