New Report Details Dramatic Statewide Increase in Homelessness in New York

A report released today by a coalition of homeless advocacy and social justice organizations details an alarming increase in homelessness across New York State. Authored by Community Voices HeardHunger Action Network of New York StateMt. Vernon United Tenants, IncNobody Leaves Mid HudsonNY Communities for Change, and VOCAL New York, includes findings that:
  • Between 2011, when Governor Cuomo took office, and 2015, the number of people sleeping each night in homeless shelters statewide soared by 40.9 percent.
  • And over the same period, the number of homeless families with children in shelters statewide rose by 29.1 percent.
  • Currently there are well over 84,000 people – including more than 15,000 families and 31,000 children – sleeping each night in homeless shelters statewide.

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. While much of the rise in New York homelessness has been driven by the dramatic increases in New York City’s homeless population, the last five years have also witnessed a significant and worrying growth in homelessness elsewhere in the state.

The report presents detailed findings and proposes solutions to address New York’s growing homelessness crisis. Read and download the full report below:

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