NYC outreach workers had tried to get 2 homeless men who died on subway into shelters
A man who was found dead on a C train at 168th St. Friday night.
City outreach workers repeatedly tried to convince both of the homeless men who died on the subway over the weekend to go into shelters, Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks said Monday.
Dwayne Hill, 56, was found dead on an uptown C train at 168th St. around 7:30 p.m. Friday. Half a day later, Robert Mangual, 61, was discovered by train crews keeled over next to a walker on a No. 4 train at Utica Ave. in Brooklyn about 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Police said both deaths during the grisly 13-hour stretch appeared to be from natural causes.
Both men were tested for coronavirus after they died. One of the men tested negative, and officials are waiting on the results of the other, officials said.
“They were obviously part of people we were trying to bring in,” said Banks. “And since the beginning of this, the beginning of March, we’ve had 20,000 encounters with homeless people, attempting to identify whether or not they have any signs of symptoms of COVID.”
The pair of deaths came days before Gov. Cuomo’s order to shut down the subway from 1 to 5 a.m. each morning goes into effect.
Starting Wednesday morning, every homeless person who spends their nights on subway cars will be booted from the system for at least four hours while Metropolitan Transportation Authority crews aggressively clean.
Mayor de Blasio said Monday the city would not change its outreach efforts in light of the nightly mass migration of homeless out of the subway and onto the streets.
Many homeless New Yorkers already feared for their safety in the city’s shelters before the pandemic, and the rapid spread of COVID-19 has made the safe haven beds an even harder sell.