It’s been over a week since I confronted Mayor de Blasio at the Park Slope YMCA during his workout. I went there with the intention of speaking to him about our city’s homeless crisis, and my own.
He dismissed me that day and he continues to dismiss me now.
The mayor should be ashamed: Out of the 300,000 units in his affordable housing plan, only 5% is set aside for the homeless. I am fighting to change that. I want the mayor to set aside at least 10% of his affordable housing plan for homeless New Yorkers, with 24,000 of those units to be created through new construction to get people rehoused more quickly.
The video of the YMCA confrontation spread all over the internet. In response, the mayor dug his heels in. He refused to commit more housing for homeless people in his city and he criticized me for trying to talk to him at the gym. He said there needs to be some “civility” when people are in their private lives.
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Source: Coalition for the Homeless