Bloomberg’s ‘No one’s sleeping on the streets’ Remark Draws Ire

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 20, 2013 Last Updated: February 20, 2013
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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

NEW YORK—New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s offhand comment at in a press conference on Tuesday that “nobody’s sleeping on the streets” has drawn ire from homeless advocacy groups.

Bloomberg was responding to a question about allegations that families are being turned away from shelters despite freezing temperatures.

The Mayor explained that the city’s goal is to ensure those who need services get them, and those who don’t do not drain resources. The offending comment came at the end of his reply.

“The public does not want to and should not have to support somebody if they have alternatives. We want to make sure that our monies are available to those who really don’t have any alternatives so that is all we are trying to do. Nobody is sleeping on the streets,” said Bloomberg.

“It’s a remark that just seems so out of touch with the everyday reality that New Yorkers see,” Patrick Markee with the Coalition for the Homeless told NY1 Wednesday.

The New York City Coalition for the Homeless estimates that more than 48,000 people are currently living in shelters citywide.

Junior Clarke, 23, told the Daily News in a report published Saturday that his family was trying to stay at the Bronx Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (PATH) Center, a shelter used by families, on a very cold day last month.

When he tried to enter a shelter with his wife and 4-year-old daughter they were turned away. “They tried to send us outside into the cold,” Clarke said.

“They threatened to have us thrown out by police,” he was also quoted as saying.

In the past, New York implemented a “code blue” policy when the temperature dipped below freezing, but there was a recent policy shift requiring residents to prove that they have nowhere else to stay.

Last week, a New York state appeals court ruled that a city policy requiring homeless adults to prove they had no other housing to gain eligibility was illegal, reported The New York Times. The court reported that the city used dubious methods to enact the policy and held no public hearings before making their decision.

New York City’s Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Seth Diamond said the court ruling “will force the city to build more shelters in neighborhoods throughout the city,” reported the Times.

“We are confident that city taxpayers and community groups, especially those who object to new shelter proposals, understand the need for a thoughtful approach that fairly reserves shelter for those with no alternatives,” Diamond added, “and we will continue to fight to see that such a policy is implemented.”

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  • Θέμης

    The human body is mysterious indeed.

  • Sin Jeong-hun (신정훈)

    from it’s function

    it’s –> its

  • Defiant

    Not mysterious. It’s a gland. NOT an eye. It’s burried way into the center of the brain, besides. It isn’t going to be detecting any light. This is just new age cr@p.

    • Jimmy Cogsdil

      Could be there are other types of eyes than the ones that detect light. Could be it detects love, the lack there of or bad intentions.

    • shanti

      Don’t be so closed-minded my friend.
      The understanding of western medical science has changed many times in these previous centuries alone. look into the history and you’ll find many theories that worked to a certain extent. and the current understanding of viruses as the cause for disease, is just the prevalent one. just as the theory of phlagms was not so long ago. and ofcourse there are the eastern medicinal disciplines which are very profound and elegant. (ayurveda and [traditional] chinese medicine)

    • Chris Hodge

      To me, this simply sounds like the reaction you would expect to hear from someone who hasn’t explored their inner consciousness with any sort of real self reflection. I’m not saying you are wrong, but I would hardly consider the exploration into the unknown new age crap.

  • Ken

    Thanks for nothing…

  • 2words1finger

    “This eye has a structure similar to our external eyes, with retinal tissues, and it is sensitive to light.”

    Aside from the fact that the above assertions are completely, entirely, undeniably incorrect, this was an interesting article.

  • Kolix

    Um… check your sources? “Lobsang Rampa” was a British plumber named Cyril Hoskins who wrote “spiritual” potboilers while claiming to be channeling a Tibetan lama.


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