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Facts About Homelessness
NYC Homelessness in 2007:
More New Yorkers experienced homelessness
Homelessness continues at near-record levels
2007: Worst year for NYC family homelessness since the Great Depression
The Numbers – More New Yorkers Experienced
Homelessness in 2007, Homeless Population Still High
Last year, 102,187 different New Yorkers slept in homeless shelters, 5.8 percent more than the previous year and 23.4 percent more than six years ago.
The NYC homeless shelter population remained at near-record levels, with around 35,000 people in shelters each night.
2007 was the worst year for family homelessness in modern history, with more than 9,000 families in shelters each night.
Perfect Storm in 2007:
10.7 percent more NYC families entered the municipal shelter system.
6.9 percent fewer homeless families were relocated from shelter to permanent housing.
Highlights of the Year in Homelessness
More NYC families seeking shelter, fewer homeless families moved to permanent housing.
Bloomberg administration finally abandons “Housing Stability Plus” program – but replaces it with flawed “Work Advantage”
program and still denies Federal housing aid to homeless families and individuals.
City increases use of illegal boarding houses to shelter homeless adults, including many living with mental illness.
Data thanks to the Coalition of the Homeless' 2008 State of the Homeless Report