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Homelessness in NYC


New York City is known as the cultural and financial capital of the world. However, it is also known for thousands of homeless people living on its streets.

Read through these statistics from the Coalition for the Homeless and share which statistic stood out the most to you in the Comments section below: 

  • In recent years, homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

  • In July 2016, there were 60,456 homeless people, including 15,156 homeless families with 23,425 homeless children, sleeping each night in the New York City municipal shelter system. Families comprise just over three-quarters of the homeless shelter population.

  • The number of homeless New Yorkers sleeping each night in municipal shelters is now 87% higher than it was ten years ago.


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