Homelessness In New York City: The General Basic Facts
Over the City’s fiscal year of 2019,132,660 homeless men, women, and children slept in the New York City municipal shelter system. This includes over 44,300 homeless in New York City are children.
In April 2020, there are well over60,422 homeless people, including 13,861 homeless families with 20,494 homeless children, sleeping each night in New York City’s public shelter system. It’s estimated that families make up more than two-thirds of the homeless shelter population.
- 18 percent YOY increase in children housed in homeless shelters
- Approximately 47,000 NYC homeless children, out of 8.5 million in the U.S.
The economic crisis is leaving the most vulnerable population in New York City on the streets.
New data shows that last week alone, over 19,000 children sought refuge in homeless shelters across New York City, the most since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
No One Really Knows How Many Homeless People Live in New York
There exist many challenges to accurately count the number of homeless people in a city with over 8.5 million residents, principal among them being how to decide what qualifies these individuals as being “homeless.”
New York City’s homeless youth are the invisible population everybody sees or doesn’t see. Housing has been an issue here for as long as the city has existed. And still is, but significant numbers of people on the streets have increased visibly over the last few years.