- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio says many of the city’s homeless simply can’t afford the cost of living in New York City.

He says the problem for many is economic. The mayor spoke on the topic Tuesday on WYNC radio’s “The Brian Lehrer Show.”

Calls to 311 about homeless people in need of aid have risen. There were about 13,000 in the last year of the Bloomberg administration and about 20,000 so far this year.

De Blasio says part of the issue is the end of housing subsidies that kept many people off the streets. He says his administration is working to solve the problems through the creation of affordable housing, and offering mental health aid.

But de Blasio says “homeless encampments” won’t be tolerated and will be dismantled.

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