Opinion: Do right by homeless people: A novel idea for how to approach New Yorkers in deep distress


October 9, 2020

The recent debacle surrounding the city’s use of the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side to shelter homeless men during the pandemic, and Mayor de Blasio’s Sept. 8 order to transfer the men out of that hotel in response to NIMBY — and, at times, outwardly racist — outcry from some community members, have brought to light the urgent need to devise and implement a well-reasoned and coherent approach to providing emergency shelter to homeless people at this phase of the COVID-19 crisis.

All we’ve gotten to date are reactive, whipsawing policies thrown together in response to public-health crises and political complaints.

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