It’s a crisis seen on street corner after street corner with no signs of relenting.
"You go to Bellevue and the shelter system is crazy. It's safer out here than in the shelter," said one man currently experiencing homelessness.
It was 2017 when the mayor released his plan on how to address homelessness. Three years later, the City Council and its Speaker Corey Johnson have come out with their own plan.
The Council released a 202 page report on Thursday detailing 75 proposals to tackle the homelessness crisis.
While De Blasio's plan focused on opening 90 new shelters and on outreach to people living on the street, Johnson claims his plan is focused more on permanent affordable housing, not temporary shelters.
It certainly has a lot of ideas, like increasing the number of public housing apartments set aside for the homeless.
Chief among them, the Council wants to increase rental voucher subsidies for the homeless looking for permanent housing. It is currently $1,580 per month for a family of four.
The Council wants to cover fair market rent.
"The most important part of it is to increase the voucher amount, that’s what will help the most number of people right away and that's why we are calling on the state to help us on that," Johnson said.
The speaker says he wants the state to step in and help cover the cost. The governor's office dismissed that.
"We'll review the city’s plan, but as the governor said, it's not just about the money, it's how you spend the money and we’re going to mandate local governments come up with real, workable strategies before we fund them,” a spokesman said for Governor Cuomo.
The mayor's office was more conciliatory. A spokesperson there said the mayor looked forward to continuing to collaborate with the Council.
"One of the big issues I will be talking about as speaker and as a potential candidate is my vision for addressing homelessness," Johnson said Thursday.
The speaker's announcement comes just one day after the city comptroller released his affordable housing plan. Both men are considered likely candidates for mayor.
Next, well before the mayor's race, come the city budget negotiations. You can bet some of these proposals will come up then.