As bitter winter weather arrived in the Northeast, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order requiring the homeless to be forcibly removed from the streets in freezing temperatures, an unprecedented government intervention that faced immediate legal questions and backlash.


Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has repeatedly acknowledged that the shelter system needed to be improved, was poised to reveal a new plan to identify and fix problems with the city's sprawling, 500-shelter system. Administration officials told The Associated Press that the mayor would announce the overhaul Wednesday.


Approximately 58,000 people are in the shelters, a near record high. An additional 3,000 to 4,000 people are estimated to be living on city streets, and City Hall has stepped up its outreach to them in recent weeks, sending teams of workers to make repeated contact with the homeless in an effort to get them to go to a shelter.

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