One in five hotels in New York City is used to accommodate homeless people. Some 13,000 people have evicted their shelters to avoid the COVID-19 outbreaks.
To prevent infection, people were accommodated one or two times in a room. These include expensive hotels on the Upper West Side. It costs the City Treasury $2 million a day.
Residents of the neighborhood are leaving their homes because of an increase in crime. The city administration has refused to provide a list of hotels where homeless people live.
For hotels that are on the verge of bankruptcy, this kind of financial support from the authorities is the only chance to stay afloat.
It is expected that the homeless will live in hotels at least until the vaccine is available.