Local governments and police agencies are scrambling to comply with Gov. Cuomo’s new mandate to shelter homeless people when the temperatures fall below freezing.
Cuomo’s executive order, which was issued Sunday and requires that homeless people are taken to shelters when the temperature drops below freezing, goes into effect Tuesday, leaving little time for homeless shelters and local officials to put a plan in place.
The order requires all local social-service and police agencies, as well as all state agencies, to “take all necessary steps” to identify homeless individuals who are unwilling or unable to find shelter in freezing weather and “move such individuals to the appropriate sheltered facilities.”
Local government officials gave the mandate a mixed review. Several praised the goal of cutting down on homelessness while raising concerns about who is going to pay for the added costs.