NYC Mayor Adams joins homeless advocates on a ‘slumber’ in Morningside Park

Mayor Eric Adams sat on a park bench alongside homeless advocates during a ‘slumber’ in Manhattan’s Morningside Park on Saturday night amid a wide-spread homelessness crisis from the city.

The mayor joined homeless lawyer Shams DaBaron, also known as the Homeless Hero, on the bench where DaBaron had slept regularly while homeless.

DaBaron organized Sleep Out Homeless Rights Month to show “solidarity with those who have to spend the night on these benches, those who have to sleep in encampments, those who have to sleep on trains, those who are in these shelters. We are trying to make sure that is not our reality,” he said.

New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams — along with her baby daughter — and Human Resources and Human Services Commissioner Gary P. Jenkins also joined the couple on the bench.

About a dozen other defenders were in the crowd, some with lawn chairs ready to spend the night.

Mayor Adams is committed to helping solve New York’s growing homelessness problem.
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“I come to this bench almost every week,” said DaBaron, who said his “greatest fear” at this point in his life was “to die on this bench.”

“We’re here in real time saying we’re not going to let decades, centuries…of failed policies keep us in this condition,” he continued. “We don’t build slums. We don’t do camps. We don’t ride the subway. We don’t do that.

He said Adams inherited the problem but pledged to hold him accountable.

As the homeless hero eulogized the mayor, a woman in the crowd shouted, “We don’t want Safe Haven!” We want permanent housing!

“I can’t find accommodation. There is no way to enter these accommodations,” added the woman, who lives in a shelter. She was then escorted out.

Another woman, East Harlem mother Kimberly Tire, ripped the mayor over school budget cuts.

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Mayor Adams spent the night talking with homeless awareness advocates to find solutions to New York’s homeless problem.
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“If our black and brown students are out of school, where do you think they will be? They will be homeless and they will turn to guns. The cycle goes on and on and on,’ she said as the mayor sat on the bench in silence.

“The only thing I’m not afraid of is being among the people because I am the people. I’m used to all the energy that comes from everyone…all day, every day,” Adams said, briefly noting after the crowd criticism.

“I came here for a reason, to support Shams. Period. End of statement,” the mayor told the gathered press.

Adams said earlier this month that the city’s homeless shelters were overrun with migrant asylum seekers, with nearly 3,000 arriving in recent weeks.

The mayor pleaded with President Joe Biden to send “additional federal resources immediately” so the city can handle the overflow.

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