Homeless, on the street and deserving better
No New Yorker should have to live on the streets. Most individuals who do will, when asked respectfully, tell you that they would rather be living elsewhere. The solution is not intractable: We need to offer viable options for street homeless New Yorkers, and they will then come inside voluntarily for safer, more humane alternatives. These options include independent and supportive housing, stabilization and Safe Haven placements — the kind of private units that allow human beings to heal and grow. These options must include, as needed, mental health care, substance use disorder treatment, and job training and placement. Mental health and addiction programs are essential.