City's homeless count rises 33%
A count of New York City’s homeless finds that more people are spending the night on the streets than last year.
The city’s annual count was released Friday. It’s the first time the number has gone up in the five years since counting started.
The Jan. 25 count found 3,111 homeless people on streets, subways and other public spaces. That’s 783 more than 2009.
The figure does not include the number of homeless people staying in city shelters. That was about 37,000 at last count on Tuesday.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg wanted to reduce city homelessness by two-thirds by 2009. But the number of people in shelters reached an all-time high last year of more than 39,000, some 3,000 more than when he took office.
From the NY Times:
Last year, city officials said that the count revealed a 30 percent drop in the street homeless population since 2008, an announcement that was made at an elaborate news conference attended by volunteers, formerly homeless people and Linda I. Gibbs, the deputy mayor for health and human services, who spoke briefly.
This year’s event was quiet and spare by comparison. Ms. Gibbs’s commissioner, Mr. Hess, made the announcement in a conference room, seated at a long table.