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NYC Homeless Shelter Population Reaches All-Time High

Posted by invizweb on November 24, 2009

Below is an excerpt from a release here by the Coalition for the Homeless‘ Patrick Markee, Senior Policy Analyst:

Newly released data show that, for the first time ever, more than 39,000 homeless New Yorkers – including more than 10,000 homeless families, an all-time high — sleep in municipal shelters each night. City data also show that, since Mayor Bloomberg took office, 45 percent more New Yorkers sleep in municipal homeless shelters each year. All in all, the new City data confirm that the current year is the worst on record for New York City homelessness since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Following are the highlights:

  • There are now more than 39,000 homeless adults and children sleeping in the New York City shelter system each night – the first time ever the shelter population has reached this level.
  • There are also more than 10,000 homeless families (with more than 16,500 children) sleeping each night in New York City shelters, an all-time record. Since last year the number of homeless families sleeping each night in municipal shelters has increased by 12 percent.
  • During the recently-ended City fiscal year, more than 120,000 different New Yorkers (including nearly 44,000 children) slept in municipal homeless shelters. And since Mayor Bloomberg took office, 45 percent more New Yorkers sleep in municipal shelters each year.
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