New York City Homelessness: Rate Up 23 Percent (STUDY)

Response to Huffington Post

Folks are homeless for a number of reasons, but first it is important to distinguish between the chronically homeless and those temporarily homeless. The high cost of housing in NYC is another reason.

Last year we helped over 13,000 homeless New Yorkers, primarily those with a substance abuse history and/or mentall illness. We have found that what these men and women need to change their lives are comprehensive services—both transitional and low-cost permanent housing, psychiatric care, detox, job training. This is what we provide.

The chronically homeless got that way in a number of ways—war vets with ptsd, hard childhoods, genetics, but they often stay that way because the services they receive are not operating together in a supportive community.