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Coalition for the Homeless – Basic Facts About Homelessness

“Coalition for the Homeless provides up-to-date information on New York City’s homeless population. In recent years, homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression. You can find detailed information about homelessness — including comprehensive statistics and historical data — at the following pages:

  • Basic Facts About Homelessness: New York City
  • Basic Facts About Homelessness: New York City Data and Charts
  • In New York City – Each night more than 55,000 people — including more than 21,000 children — experience homelessness.
  • Currently 50,100 homeless men, women, and children bed down each night in the NYC municipal shelter system.
  • Additionally, more than 5,000 homeless adults and children sleep each night in other public and private shelters, and thousands more sleep rough on the streets or in other public spaces.
  • During the course of each year, more than 110,000 different homeless New Yorkers, including more than 40,000 children, sleep at least one night in the municipal shelter system.
  • The number of homeless New Yorkers in shelters has risen by more than half over the past decade.”

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