In the Spotlight
According to a recent report released by the Coalition of the Homeless, homelessness in New York City has reached a historic high. As of January 2014, more than 53,000 New Yorkers, including 22,000 children, stayed in a shelter. This number represents a 7% increase from the same time the previous year. In addition, homeless families now spend longer times in shelters than any previous year – 14.5 months on average.
As NYC’s homeless rate has increased, the support and resources for those fighting housing instability has dramatically decreased. In 2011, the Advantage subsidy program created under the former mayoral administration was dismantled. In order to correct state budget deficits, the program lost its state funding as well as its federal matching funds. Following the elimination of the subsidies, 8,500 families and 18,000 children who were housed because of the program have been pushed back into the shelter system. …
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