- The poverty rate of Asians and Hispanics were “statistically identical” in 2008, at 22.4 percent and 23.5 percent, respectively.
2. In recent years, homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
3. The number of homeless New Yorkers sleeping each night in municipal shelters is now 91 percent higher than it was ten years ago.
4. Research shows that, compared to homeless families, homeless single adults have much higher rates of serious mental illness, addiction disorders, and other severe health problems.
5. There are a group of individuals that dedicate their time to encourage people living in the street to move into transitional and permanent housing.
6. One quarter of homeless people are children. This includes living with other people, parks, cars, bus or train stations.
7. Many reasons for becoming homeless include, lack of affordable housing, job loss, lack of health care, substance abuse, and domestic violence.