Issue of Homelessness
From the website of coalition for the homeless web site, the present data for the current state of homelessness in New York City shows a rising trend of homeless population up to 2014 with number of people who are homeless and sleeping in the municipal shelters every night exceeding 60,000 people, and this number includes 25,000 children. Furthermore, records indicate that during the last New York City fiscal year, 116,000 new Yorkers slept in the New York City shelter system at least one night, and this includes 42,000 children.
The plan by Mayor de Blasio to address homelessness with an aim of moving more than 5000 families that are homeless into permanent housing out of shelters has seen a decline in more than 300 homeless families since December.
The data from “State of the Homeless 2015,” the findings during New York City’s fiscal year of 2014 shows that children were the hardest hit, and Latino and African-American disproportionately affected. The summary of statistics is presented below:
- 3% of citychildrenspent at least one night in thesheltersystem of themunicipal
- 6% of African-America childrenand9% of Latino childrenutilizedcityshelterscompared to 0.3% white children
- 4% of thefamilypopulation in thecityspent at least one night in thesheltersystem of themunicipal
- 2% of African American-American families, 1.8% of Latino familiesutilizedcitysheltersystemcompared to 0.2% for white families
- 6% of poor new Yorkers spent at least one night in the shelter system of the municipal, and this include 14.9% African American new Yorkers and 5% of poor Latino new Yorkers.
The urban health program to improve the issue of homelessness
The best health program to improve the issue of homelessness is to move people to permanent housing in addition to implementing assistance programs. Investing in permanent housing for the homeless is effective and cost effective compared to institutional care and the municipal shelters.
Coalition for the Homeless. (2015). Retrieved March 29, 2015, from http://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/