Homelessness In New York City Is The Worst That It Has Ever Been

Homelessness In New York City Is The Worst That It Has Ever Been by Michael Snyder for End of the American Dream

The mainstream media continues to try to convince all of us that the U.S. economy is “booming”, but meanwhile the number of homeless people is setting all-time record highs in major cities all over the nation.  The recent article that I published about how wealthy elitists on the west coast are freaking out as hordes of homeless people take over their neighborhoods received a tremendous amount of attention, but nobody has a worse problem with homelessness than New York City does.  According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, approximately 14 percent of all the homeless people in the entire country currently live in New York City

According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s most recent assessment report, the number of people experiencing homelessness has been rising. The HUD’s annual survey found that on a single night in January 2018, there were a total of 552,830 homeless people across the country. New York City had 78,676 — or about 14 percent of the nation’s homeless population.

That number, 78,676, was a brand new all-time record high.

And more records are being broken during the early part of this year.

On Tuesday, the Coalition for the Homeless issued a brand new State of the Homeless report for 2019.  According to that report, the number of people living in homeless shelters in New York City has been breaking record after record

If found that in February 2019, an average of 63,615 men, women, and children slept in New York City shelters each night, just shy of the all-time record set in January.

While the number of families decreased slightly, the number of homeless single adults continues to increase.

An all-time record 18,212 single adults slept in shelters each night in February 2019, up 150 percent from 2009. Between September 2018 and April 2019, the number of single adults in DHS shelters reached a new nightly record high 32 times, according to the report.

If this is what an “economic recovery” looks like, then I shudder to think what will happen when the next recession hits.

Overall, “an all-time record 133,284 unique individuals spent at least one night in a New York City DHS shelter” during fiscal year 2018.

That represents a 61 percent increase since fiscal year 2002.

Obviously very little of the money being made on Wall Street is trickling down to those on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder.  The stock market may be soaring, but more people than ever in New York do not have a place to sleep at night.

In the State of the Homeless report, Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo both received an “F” for their handling of the homelessness crisis.  Obviously this did not please either of them, and both of them are trying to defend their records.

For example, Mayor de Blasio can point to the fact that he just got judicial approval to open a homeless shelter on Billionaire’s Row in midtown Manhattan

New York City officials received the go-ahead to open a homeless shelter in an old hotel in midtown Manhattan – one which happens to be back-to-back with one of the most luxurious and expensive condo buildings in the world.

A coalition of homeowners on West 58th Street sought an order to block a move by the city and its agencies to open a shelter in the former Park Savoy hotel at 158 West 58th. Among other things, they argued that the building was not up to fire safety codes and that it would create a public nuisance.

Apparently this new homeless shelter literally “stands back-to-back against the iconic One57 apartment building” where Michael Dell purchased a $100 million condo a few years ago.

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