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De Blasio Administration Pushes to Shut Down Cluster...

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New York City lawmakers stood outside a shut down cluster apartment to announce the recent closings of 800 dangerous housing sites.

Department of Social Service Commissioner Steven Banks said it's important to make sure the homeless are provided with one of the most basic necessities. 

"We have seen in the neighborhood the impact of that [living in cluster apartments]," Banks said Tuesday. "Families are isolated from the very services that they require. We are now changing the game when it comes to serving these communities." 

Cluster apartments are known for their poor living conditions. City council members say they're taking steps to shut them down, while also replacing them with a better alternative like shelters. Over the past 90 days, 5 new homeless shelters were opened.