NYC Homelessness Hits Highest Levels Since 1980s

Posted on March 1, 2018 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Shocking Stats & a Helping Hand

Homelessness in New York City hit the highest level since the 1980s, reports the Coalition for the Homeless.

If that doesn’t shock you, how about this?

Sleeping in NYC shelters every night this winter there are:

  • 63,495 homeless people
  • 15,586 families
  • 23,655 children
  • 75% of the shelter population are families
  • The number of homeless New Yorkers sleeping in shelters is 82% higher than 10 years ago
  • 1000s of homeless people sleep on NYC street every night

Why these soaring numbers?

That’s easy.  Research shows the primary cause of homelessness, particularly among families, is lack of affordable housing.  And for most of us, New York City is way too hard to afford housing.

This is why Catholic Charities prioritizes and continually expands our homeless prevention services. We support a vast network of emergency shelters, temporary and transitional housing and permanent affordable housing to help homeless families and individuals in New York. 

Need help with housing?

You’re not alone. We’re here for you. If you someone or you know needs free housing help learn more through our Find Help section or choose an option below:

Call the Catholic Charities Helpline at: 888-744-7900 

Catholic Charities is responding to the needs of our neighbors during the 
COVID-19 pandemic.

For Help Call 888-744-7900