“There’s no one safe,” she said.
“There are no safe spaces in this city, and that is not good.”
The city has spent millions on homeless services in recent years, including the installation of dozens of temporary shelters and outreach programs, but the city has a long way to go to get people off the streets and back into society, she said, and she said she hopes the public’s outrage will make people feel more accountable for their actions.
“I am not trying to be disrespectful to anyone or anyone’s community, I’m just speaking to what I believe are the realities,” she added.
“I believe that our city is a place where we can all come together, and where we are not going to get away with any more of this.”
Mayor de Blasio is expected to deliver his final budget proposal in mid-May, which would focus on the homeless crisis.
The city’s new homeless czar, Amy Pritzker, said that her office will begin a formal review of the citywide homelessness plan in the coming weeks.
She also said the city will begin its own review of its plan for the homeless.
The city’s plan will be unveiled in April, and city officials will be in the final stages of making it public before the end of the year.
The mayor has called the homeless issue “a public health emergency,” and said he wants to “transform the way that we care for people in need.”