New York City Leads Jump in Homeless

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New York City Leads Jump in Homeless

An average of more than 50,000 people slept each night in New York City’s homeless shelters for the first time in January, a record that underscores an unsettling national trend: a rising number of families without permanent housing.

Families have become a larger share of the nation’s homeless population, growing 1.4% from 2011 to 2012, after their numbers fell as the economy emerged from recession.

In Boston, authorities said there were 1,166 homeless families in December 2012, up 7.8% from the previous year. In Washington, D.C., homeless families grew 18% from 2011 to 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The numbers in New York, however, are starker, according to a report to be published Tuesday by the Coalition for the Homeless, a New York advocacy group, citing New York City government figures.

More than 21,000 children—an unprecedented 1% of the city’s youth—slept each night in a city shelter in January, an increase of 22% in the past year, the report said, while homeless families now spend more than a year in a shelter, on average, for the first time since 1987. In January, an average of 11,984 homeless families slept in shelters each night, a rise of 18% from a year earlier.

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One Response to “New York City Leads Jump in Homeless”
  1. Sarah says:

    Rest assured our “leadership” and “press” is largely ignoring this. It’s taboo to print or televise poverty. In the DC area, which is a very wealthy area, there have been huge numbers of people tossed out of there homes, people who still can’t find jobs, but that’s all suppressed. The message is that we should all be running out and buying things, like houses.

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