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Bill de Blasio: NYC removes 103 homeless people from freezing streets

The New York City government removed 103 homeless people from the streets overnight, the latest under a city policy mandating shelter when it’s freezing outside. All but two of the people agreed to go voluntarily, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

The police took the others by force, de Blasio said earlier Tuesday of actions taken from 4 p.m. Monday to 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Asked for details, de Blasio promised that his office would supply further information later in the day, but his spokeswoman said Tuesday night she could not do so.

“So — very rigorous outreach effort — it will clearly continue tonight and any night where it’s bitterly cold,” de Blasio said.

”Under the city’s “Code Blue” policy, the city can force a person off the streets and into someplace indoors like a shelter or hospital when the temperature is 32 degrees or lower. Some resistant homeless people have complained that shelters are dirty, unsafe, dangerous, or some combination.

The de Blasio administration is battling near-record-high homelessness, with about 58,000 in shelters and 3,000 or 4,000 on the streets.

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