Bloomberg: “Nobody’s sleeping on the streets” in New York City
When asked Tuesday about allegations that the New York City shelter system is turning families away despite dangerously cold temperatures, Mayor Michael Bloomberg replied, defiantly: "Nobody's sleeping on the streets."
The mayor's flippant comment has outraged homeless advocates. (And everyone with commonsense.)
By the city's own admission, there were 3,200 people sleeping on the streets in January 2012, but advocates suggest that there is no 100 percent accurate measurement of the city's unsheltered homeless and that the number is actually significantly higher.
And if you need further proof that families are sleeping on the street, New Yorkers say, then just look around.
"If you ride the subway, you know people are living on the street," one man told NY1. "And people are living underneath the subway," he added.