Hundreds of homeless people are leaving the city’s subway system for shelters amid overnight coronavirus cleanings, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday — but whether they stay is another matter.

“Sometimes it literally works the first time when someone comes off the street and they like what they experience in a safe haven of a shelter or they get the medical care they need,” said de Blasio during a press briefing. “And sometimes it’s not as immediate. It takes several rounds, if you will.”

While many of the homeless straphangers forced to street-level from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. by the now nightly closures — have accepted a helping hand, several others have simply spent the nights riding buses or roughing it on the streets.

Several have expressed fears of contracting the COVID-19 inside densely-packed city shelters, while others have decried the lack of services inside the facilities.

“Now I’m gonna sleep outside,” one man, who gave his name as Rick, told advocacy group Human.nyc outside a shelter he was driven to after being ousted from the 7 train early Friday. “I don’t want to go to the shelters. … There’s no help.”

Overall, de Blasio held up the initiative to reroute homeless from the rails to city facilities as a success.

“We keep seeing something very special happening,” Hizzoner crowed on Sunday.

“This is about changing people’s lives,” continued de Blasio. “In just a matter of days, hundreds upon hundreds of people accepting services, coming into shelter.”

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A homeless man at Rufus King Park in Queens who used to live on the subway.

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Of 416 homeless engaged by NYPD cops and city social workers on Friday night, 212 agreed to enter either a shelter or hospital — while 198 of 384 engaged the next night accepted a helping hand, de Blasio said.

But de Blasio and Steven Banks, the besieged commissioner of the city’s Human Resources Administration, conceded that some homeless go no further than the shelter door.

“I would expect if you’re talking about the last few nights, you’re going to see a mix,” said de Blasio. “You’re going to see people who came in for one night, you’re going to see people who have stayed in longer, you’re going to see people who will, some cases, go back to the streets over time, others who we’re going to keep in permanently.

“But it’s all going to be about persistence.”

Banks added that after seeing some walk away overnight Thursday into Friday, outreach workers changed course by bringing the homeless directly to shelters, rather than the central intake facility.

“We began to do that on Saturday morning and this morning,” said Banks. “And we think that is giving an additional helping hand to those who may be ready to take the hand but not yet ready to go all the way with that helping hand.”

Source: nypost.com/feed