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More than 1,300 Homeless Live in Staten Island: New York City Officials Explain the Numbers

silive: New York City plans to establish new Staten Island homeless shelters that aim to house more than 1,300 homeless Staten Islanders in their home borough leaving some SI officials and civic leaders asking: How can we be sure that the number of Staten Island homeless is accurate?

According to the City, the Department of Homeless Services and Human Resources Administration use temporary housing applications along with requests made through Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and other public benefits programs.

According to silive, there are currently 618 households or 1,332 individuals from Staten Island experiencing homelessness and living in shelters throughout the city. Currently, Staten Island has only one city shelter that is able to house 140 people.

“Homelessness doesn’t discriminate—it impacts every community across the five boroughs, including Staten Island. The implication that Staten Islanders are immune from this citywide challenge is a disservice to those residents who’ve lost their homes in the borough and undermines our efforts to provide them with the borough-based opportunities they deserve as they get back on their feet. We invite everyone to come to the table with a focus on how to most effectively support our neighbors in need, rather than denying their existence,” A DHS spokesperson said.

Read more about the proposed shelter in Staten Island and the City agencies working to house the homeless at silive.

Catholic Charities provides emergency and temporary shelter to individuals in need. Learn more about our emergency programs.

You can also learn more about the assistance programs at Catholic Charities of New York, including Feeding Our Neighbors, soup kitchens, and food pantries. 

Our family of 90 affiliate Catholic Charities agencies also offer a wide variety of assistance and programs though Catholic Charities Community Services.

Interested in learning more about Catholic Charities and homelessness?  Our Blog features, “Islands of Desolation: HOPE Homeless Count 2019” and the first-hand account, “Tattered Suitcases & threadbare Comforters: My Subway Ride with Homeless New Yorkers.

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