Hundreds of homeless and homeless advocates marched against the policies of New York City Mayor de Blasio in front of Gracie Mansion Wednesday.
Here's what they demanded
The homeless protesters demanded that de Blasio use the power of the city government to provide them with 30,000 units of affordable housing.
“I am presently homeless and I need the mayor to hear us,” protester Felix Guzman said. “We are faced with a problem that has divided the whole city between the haves and the have nots.”
“The homeless community is sick and tired of these ridiculous things that the mayor is doing,” said 'Picture The Homeless' advocate Deborah Dickerson.
“You live in this mansion right here and your children are provided for," she continued. "Our children are in the shelter system sleeping and not getting enough to eat.”
A spokesman for the mayor defended his policies in regards to helping the homeless.
"This mayor has the most aggressive affordable housing and homeless plans in city history," said the statement. "We've helped more than 100,000 people avoid or move out of shelter with ousing assistance."
Several videos and photos from the protest were posted on social media by homeless advocates.
In front of Gracie Mansion protestors call for Mayor Bill de Blasio to commit to 30,000 units of affordable housing… https://t.co/CrPJjkIZRy— Denise (@Denise)1540399003.0
We’re here at today’s #HouseOurFutureNYMarch to Gracie Mansion! #Didyouknow Mayor De Blasio’s Housing New York 2.0… https://t.co/Tf7f07zXoB— Neighbors Together (@Neighbors Together)1540394136.0
Here's the video report of the homeless protest:
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