NY1 Annual Hope Count to Document Number of City's Homeless by Michael Scotto
Thousands of volunteers will sweep the five boroughs tonight to help get a record of the city's homeless during the annual Hope Count.
In anticipation of the event, some local officials have announced the formation of a new group designed help New Yorkers living on the streets.
The Eastside Taskforce for Homeless Outreach and Services will provide support for meals, legal services, supportive housing and other programs benefiting the city's homeless.
Council Member Ben Kallos tells NY1 it's meant to help New Yorkers struggling to stay afloat.
"These are actually services for anyone who's homeless, at risk, or even just hungry. And so, we have between the churches, synagogues, and non-profits we have meals, lunch and dinner, even sometimes breakfast. We also have food pantries," said Kallos. "One of the things that we're really focused on is trying to find additional beds so people have a choice."
The taskforce is comprised of a handful of religious centers, non-profit groups, the Department of Homeless Services and Human Resources Administration.