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DW-New York.Not since the Great Depression has there been
such high rates of homelessness in New York. According to the Coalition for the
Homeless, a New York based advocacy organization, there are 60,849 homeless
people living in the city. 21,295 of them are children.
Major Bill de Blasio’s Deputy Press Secretary
Avery Cohen defended the administration’s work earlier this month, “Between
unprecedented investments in legal services, rental assistance and rehousing
programs, we’re laser focused on getting the maximum number of families out of
shelters and into homes.”
Housing advocates and organizations are calling
for the construction 24,000 housing units, specifically for those who cannot
afford their own shelter.
89% of New York’s homeless are black or latino. A majority of the homeless population suffers from mental health issues.
Earlier this year, the city government purchased
17 buildings from notorious landlords and are now converting them into
David Given, the Executive Director of the
Coalition for the Homeless responded with
restrained praise, “The City must use every tool at its disposal to
expand the supply of housing available and affordable to those without homes —
converting cluster site units into affordable housing is one piece of the