Costs for housing the homeless in New York City are rising

September 20, 2018 - By Megan Stone

Costs for being homeless in New York City are rising

It is very expensive to be homeless and live in a shelter in New York. Costs are rising. And Homeless Services Department warns that higher costs will reflect the need for a bigger investment in the system of city shelters.

Even though the city has significantly increased its spending on housing and shelters for the homeless, the population is growing, and it is getting harder to help everyone. The efforts to move homeless people to the new shelters are failing.

Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio has released new numbers on Monday. According to the official statement, during the last year, New York has spent 99 dollars a day on housing a single homeless adult.

However, this number grew to 117 dollars a day in 2018. The increase goes hand in hand with the increase in the number of homeless people on the streets of New York City. It is believed that this number will increase to 147 dollars in a day per one person by the end of this fiscal year.

According to de Blasio’s official plan, the city had to build 90 more shelters across the territory in 2017.

However, even with the addition of shelters, the problem remains the same.

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