Richard Gere: De Blasio ‘Doesn’t Appear to Have the Solutions’ Everyone Thought

Actor Richard Gere said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was elected to care for the underprivileged but it does not appear that he has the solutions voters expected.

Gere said de Blasio is taking “a lot of heat” on the level of homelessness in New York City.

“It’s a serious problem. The mayor of New York has been taking a lot of heat on this and it seems like it’s worse. And we have a mayor who was elected to be someone who was caring for those on the lower end of the economic scale and the underprivileged, and it doesn’t appear that he has the solutions that everyone would wish he might have. In talking to him myself, his only disclaimer was he had the money to do something and his solution was housing – he said, ‘But I can’t find the housing. New York is not the market where I can find units,’” Gere said at a briefing on homelessness moderated by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).

“I’m not here to tell you he’s trying hard enough or has gone to the right places or gone to the correct well for that water. I don’t know. I’m trying to help him myself with just some developers that I know but he says he has the money and we’ll see if he has the will to use the money in the correct way and to twist arms and get the job done. But it certainly doesn’t feel it it’s getting better. It feels like it’s getting worse in New York,” he added.

Gere, who plays a homeless man in New York City in the new film Time Out of Mind, met with de Blasio to discuss the homeless problem in the city.

Waters said it does not feel like Los Angeles is making any progress on combating homelessness, either.