Fire DHS Commissioner Steven Banks

Fire DHS Commissioner Steven Banks

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Natalia Kozi started this petition to Mayor Bill de Blasio

Steven Banks is the worst DHS Commissioner in New York City history. Tonight, more than 65,000 men, women and children will be sleeping in a City shelter - and thousands more on the streets and subways. Mayor Bill de Blasio should fire Steven Banks for doing an abysmal job running the Department of Homeless Services. We demand real programs, solutions and accountability, but we will not see progress without real leadership. Steven Banks must go

Homelessness has risen at a faster rate under the de Blasio Administration than any other administration in New York City history. Instead of addressing the root causes of homelessness, this Administration has invested billions of taxpayer dollars on band-aid solutions. Creating new shelters has done nothing to address the homeless epidemic. We need permanent housing programs for the City's most vulnerable population. 

Commissioner Banks has not been transparent and honest. Time and time again, DHS has refused to negotiate with communities where they want to open new shelters. The Department of Homeless Services is warehousing the homeless in residential areas near schools and playgrounds across the City - and New Yorkers from all five boroughs are fed-up. Enough is enough.

In response to the City's complete mismanagement of the homeless crisis in New York City, late last month, Councilman Eric Ulrich led a protest in front of NYC Dept. of Homeless Services (DHS) Commissioner Steven Banks' home in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. Joined by dozens of frustrated residents and community leaders across all five boroughs, demonstrators spoke out against the de Blasio Administration's failed homeless policies and called for Banks' resignation. 

Our Mayor and Commissioner Banks have continuously failed to address chronic homelessness in our city - and now is the time for us to speak up for real change. Join Councilman Ulrich to call on Mayor de Blasio to fire Commissioner Steven Banks. 

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