Rising Homelessness in New York State

New York now has the highest statewide homeless population ever recorded, and the state’s homeless population has increased steadily each of the past five years since Governor Cuomo took office. VOCAL-NY and its allies urge the Governor to take action before it gets even worse.

Rising Homelessness in New York StateNew York state is, in many respects, the capital of homelessness in the United States. New York has by far the largest homeless shelter population of any state. And, when one includes estimates of unsheltered homeless people, New York is second only to California.

  • According to federal homelessness statistics from 2015 (the latest year that comprehensive federal data is available), more than one in five homeless Americans sleeping in a shelter
    (21.5 percent) is in New York state.
  • And 28 percent of all homeless families with children sleeping in shelters in the United States is in New York.
  • In New York in 2015, there were 84,228 people – including more than 15,481 families and 30,965 children – sleeping each night in homeless shelters statewide.

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