Dramatic Increase in Homeless on Streets of NYC

September 17, 2015 at 4:15 pm

It’s the story that every New Yorker is talking about – the apparent rise of homeless people taking to the streets of Manhattan. From the Theater District and Times Square to downtown and the financial district, the homeless population seems to be swelling and the statistics support the perception.

Over the past ten years, the number of people sleeping in shelters around Manhattan has increased 78 percent, from nearly 33,000 in July 2005 to over 58,000 in July 2015.

What are the forces behind these troubling numbers and what can be done to turn them around? Mary Brosnahan, president and CEO of the Coalition for the Homeless, discusses the current state of homelessness in New York City with MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman.

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