[Hpn] Police forcing NYC homeless people into shelters. Will it save or cost lives? cost lives?

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Tue, 26 Dec 2000 12:50:50 -0800 (PST)

Will police FORCING HOMELESS POEPLE INTO SHELTERS save lives?  Why or why not?

CIRCULATE PLEASE to nonviolent defenders of Homeless People's Civil Rights:

FWD Newsday - 26 December 2000 - page 27


    Bryan Virasami and Merle English

Police began taking homeless men and women to city shelters yesterday as
below-freezing temperatures created a cold weather emergency, Mayor Rudolph
Giuliani said.

It was unclear how many people were taken to shelters yesterday.

Giuliani, speaking at the offices of Merrill Lynch in lower Manhattan,
where senior citizens were invited to make free holiday long-distance calls,
said between 5,000 and 6,000 people were taken off city streets during the
winter last year.

City law allows the administration to force people into shelters during
cold snaps, Giuliani said.

The temperature dropped to the mid-twenties during the day with strong wind
gusts and was expected to fall to the upper teens last night, the National
Weather Service said.

The city Department of Housing Preservation and Development received 778
tenant complaints of inadequate heat and hot water by 1:30 p.m. yesterday, the
mayor's office said, down from 902 for the same period on Christmas Eve.

"It's a terrible day, and it's terrible not to have heat," he said. People
with heat complaints should call (212) 960-4800, Giuliani said.

The city averages 1,600 such complaints each day during the winter. Last
year, there were 55,000 complaints between Oct. 1 and Christmas. This year, the
number was 65,000, the mayor's office said.

Today is expected to be mostly sunny with temperatures ranging from 25
degrees to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, National Weather Service meteorologist George
Klein said.


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BBC News Online: World: Americas - Tuesday, 26 December, 2000, 17:31 GMT
With temperatures remaining well below freezing, the authorities in
New York City have declared an emergency to allow officials to take
hundreds of homeless people off the streets.

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