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NYC Dismantles More Than 200 Encampments for Homeless People

  • Mayor Adams says more than 300 people have accepted services
  • Initiative aims to clean up public spaces, provide housing
Homeless at Tompkins Square Park in Lower Manhattan in Nov. 2021.
Homeless at Tompkins Square Park in Lower Manhattan in Nov. 2021.Photographer: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
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A New York City task force has removed 239 out of 244 identified homeless encampments over the past two weeks, part of Mayor Eric Adams’s strategy to clean up public spaces and connect people living on the streets with housing and social services.

Agencies began clearing public spaces on March 18, giving the encampments a 24-hour notice, Adams said at a briefing Wednesday. Teams offered to connect people living in the encampments with housing options as well as medical and mental health care. Police officers had their body cameras activated during each engagement, city officials said.