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New York - Officials: New York City Homeless Count Reaches Record High

Published on: September 30, 2016 01:30 PM
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FILE - A homeless man begs in Madison Square Park in New York March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonFILE - A homeless man begs in Madison Square Park in New York March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

New York - An official city count shows that the number of people spending the night in New York City’s homeless shelters has reached a record high.

The Department of Homeless Services figures, released Thursday, indicate that the city’s homeless count has reached nearly 60,000 people under the leadership of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

During his campaign, de Blasio asserted that battling New York’s homelessness issue would be a top priority of his administration.

Since de Blasio assumed office in 2014, the number of people using the city’s shelters increased by 18 percent. But administration officials say the numbers would be even higher without investments made to a number of programs aimed at helping the city’s homeless.

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The city allocated $1.3 billion to the Department of Homeless Services in the current year’s budget.



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 Sep 30, 2016 at 02:06 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

and like by crime im sure they'll claim its going down. this askan loving mayor is a disaster bring back Rudy.

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 Sep 30, 2016 at 02:20 PM Anonymous Says:

There go the Mayor's stats !!!

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 Sep 30, 2016 at 03:00 PM Avi613 Says:

Of course with crazy high rent.
Plus to get in you need to make 40 x the rent and excellent credit.
And it's the same now in many parts of Brooklyn
So most people can't get housing.

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 Sep 30, 2016 at 03:47 PM Tonchum Says:

In Russia, China, N. Korea, S. Korea, Saudi Arabia, and other countries, they wouldn't tolerate these dregs of humanity. The vast majority of them are addicted to drugs and alcohol, and have criminal backgrounds. They are not the average citizen who has "been down on their luck". The countries mentioned above would round up those miscreants and send them to labor camps. The good citizens of the City of New York, and other cities, should not have to tolerate those smelly, violent, vulgar, and obnoxious panhandlers. Even if one gives money to those characters, they will spend it on booze and drugs. When Guiliani was Mayor, he cleaned the city up, pertaining to those vagrants! Incidentally, "homeless" is a socially acceptable word. In reality, they are bums, vagabonds, drug addicts, mental cases, etc. I have zero sympathy for the vast majority of them. I'm sure that I'll receive negative feedback. However, I've been accosted by some of these "homeless", who awaken sense of revulsion.

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 Sep 30, 2016 at 05:49 PM puppydogs Says:

Thank you Mr DiBlasio. Dinkins era rapidly returning to the city.

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