Homeless advocates rail against Adams plan to take encampments off the sidewalks of New York

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Homeless rights advocates and organizations admonished Mayor Eric Adams after he announced his administration’s plan to remove homeless encampments from the streets of New York.

Adams told The New York Times Friday that homeless encampments will be dismantled and cleared off city streets over the course of a two-week period. This would, seemingly, leave the unhoused with only one option to turn to: homeless shelters that many homeless individuals refuse to frequent.

“We can’t stop an individual from sleeping on the street based on law, and we’re not going to violate that law. But you can’t build a miniature house made out of cardboard on the streets. That’s inhumane,” Adams told The New York Times.

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