- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio is announcing the formation of a repair squad to expedite repairs at New York City’s homeless shelters.

De Blaiso appeared Monday outside a homeless shelter in Queens to announce the formation of the task force.

He dubbed it a “Swat Team” that is comprised of members of several city agencies, including the Fire Department, the Department of Buildings and the Department of Homeless Services.

Nearly 60,000 people, including 25,000 children, sleep in the city’s shelter system each night.

That is at all-time high that de Blasio in part blames on a lack of funding from Washington and Albany.

The repair squad, funded by $12.5 million through next summer, was created after a Department of Investigation probe discovered a host of problems at some city-run shelters.


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