The Appeal: New York City’s Homeless Diversion Program is ‘smoke and Mirrors’ Reform, Advocates Say

Raven Rakia
July 26, 2019

This month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office started a pilot initiative for homeless people arrested or given summonses by the NYPD in the subway. Currently, offenses like fare evasion, taking up two seats on the subway, and having your feet on a subway seat can result in a court summons and, sometimes, arrest. The program aims to connect people to shelter and services instead.