Homelessness

Summary

If you live in New York, it’s likely that you’ve seen someone who 'looks' homeless up close and personal. But homelessness isn’t always visible. There are countless seemingly ‘normal’ looking families who move from apartment to apartment or shelter to shelter without the prospect of stable housing. Living in this constant state of flux severely impacts their ability to make educational or professional gains, and deepens the stress that poverty already has on their lives.

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Shelter is a basic human right. Yet, as shown by Andrea Elliot’s Invisible Child, the story of 11 year-old Dasani story published in a five-part special report by the New York Times late last year, the living conditions in some of these shelters can be horrifying--especially for families and children residing there for extended periods of time. While the Bloomberg administration claims that theaverage duration for a family in a homeless shelter is 13 months, some families, like Dasani’s, end up staying far longer.

Analysis

The streets of New York house fewer homeless people than they did just a decade ago; yet, the number of people living in homeless shelters across the city is at a record high. According to advocacy group the Coalition for the Homeless (CFH), there were over 53,000 people in living in homeless shelters in New York during November 2013, including over 12,000 families with over 22,000 children. The CFH cites eviction as one of the top reasons families lose their homes and transition into to the city’s shelter system. Other reasons include overcrowded housing, domestic violence, and hazardous living conditions.

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Methodology

If you live in New York, it’s likely that you’ve seen someone who 'looks' homeless up close and personal. But homelessness isn’t always visible. There are countless seemingly ‘normal’ looking families who move from apartment to apartment or shelter to shelter without the prospect of stable housing. Living in this constant state of flux severely impacts their ability to make educational or professional gains, and deepens the stress that poverty already has on their lives.

Deniz (data science)

Deniz (data science)

Katie (project management)

Katie (project management)

Abhi

Abhi

Pinky

Pinky

Mary

Mary

Stefan (bossman)

Stefan (bossman)