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September 24, 2015

N.Y. Archdiocese and City Hall Team to Add Shelter Beds

A day ahead of Pope Francis's arrival in New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan announced a partnership Wednesday that will see the Archdiocese of New York provide 150 beds this winter for people who have been living on the street, The New York Times reports.

Mr. de Blasio said the effort would honor the pope's visit, but it also reflects growing cooperation between City Hall and religious groups to combat homelessness. The 150 beds pledged by the Catholic Church will be among 500 planned under Opening Doors, a collaboration between the city and faith groups launched last week. Other programs under discussion between city and church officials could yield more emergency shelter facilities and affordable housing for low-income New Yorkers.