The article mentions the high cost of living & exorbitant rent as a reason for high numbers of homeless, which is also seen in Los Angles and Seattle, BUT what the article forgets to mention on purpose or otherwise is that all three cities are right to shelter and sanctuary cities, which causes many to come to these cities with nothing in their pockets looking for handouts, which they know they will receive. So what the city these folks came from get off the hook, these cities and the tax payers have to foot the bill.
If you are going to do an honest report on homelessness, mention those two items for the increase as well.
Seattle’s issue is even bigger considering the entire general population is much higher in both NYC and LA.
BUT as usual no real solutions are in place or talked about, especially in NYC, where our mayor engages in human warehousing in inadequate hotels without proper services.
From The Daily News:
But the success has not spread to New York City, where there are an estimated 73,523 homeless people, according to HUD.
That’s a 37.9% increase since 2007, records show.
Giselle Routhier, policy director for Coalition for the Homeless, noted that HUD’s figures also showed an increase in other major cities like Los Angeles and Seattle.
Like New York, she said, those cities have high housing costs, which is likely one of the main driving factors in the spike.
“The housing markets in these places are tight and very limited,” she said.
She also said new figures also showed an uptick in unemployment in New York City, which also contributes to the homeless problem.
Nationally, the country experienced a 23% drop among homeless families and a 47% decrease in veteran homelessness over the last seven years, according to HUD.
“While we know that our work is far from finished, it’s clear we’re on the right track to prevent and end homelessness for good,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro.
In New York City, there was actually a decrease last year, from the 75,323 homeless in 2015 to the 73,523 in 2016 based on HUD’s snapshot count.
But the city’s own statistics reveal a growing problem.
The number of New Yorkers living in city homeless shelters hit a record high, passing the 60,000 mark earlier this year, records show.
De Blasio administration officials say the homeless population would have been even higher — around 67,000 — without several new programs launched by the city. Those figures include rental assistance for people leaving shelters and legal aid to prevent tenants from being evicted.
“Unlike proposals of the past, we are confident that the current plan to move homeless residents from the streets, to shelter, to permanent housing will yield sustainable progress,” said mayoral spokeswoman Aja Worthy-Davis, noting veteran homelessness has decreased 66% in the past three years.
Also Thursday, a new poll showed nearly all New Yorkers think homelessness is a serious problem in the city, and respondents gave Mayor de Blasio lower grades on handling it than any other issue.
In the Quinnipiac University poll, 96% of voters said homelessness was a serious problem — 70% saying it’s “very serious,” and 26% “somewhat serious.”