Homeless New Yorker Stat Of The Day: 5/8/16

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“In the past 20 years, wages for [New York City’s] renters have increased by less than 15 percent, adjusted for inflation. In the same period, the average monthly rent for an apartment in the City increased by almost 40 percent.” -From, Social Indicators Report, April 2016.

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The Effect Of The Elimination Of The Advantage Housing Program In New York

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“From [fiscal year] 2009 to [fiscal year] 2015, after the elimination of the Advantage rental assistance program in the 2011 State budget, the census of individuals and families residing within the DHS shelter portfolio increased by 65%.”

[Source: The Social Indicators Report. April 2016.]

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Homeless New Yorker Stat Of The Day: 5/2/16

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The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is comprised of 2,500 buildings and approximately 180,000 units.The average annual NYCHA household income in 2015 was $23,311 and the average monthly rent was $464.

[Source: The Social Indicators Report. April 2016.]

More affordable housing, now!!!

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No Tables, No Chairs, But Flat Screen TVs Allowed

Chair Table Flat ScreenI reside in a shelter that forbids you to have a table or a chair in your room. However, you are allowed to have a flat screen television. How is one to process that stipulation?

Such a mandate encourages a lifestyle where there is assimilation to lying around and watching television. There is no way for you to comfortably sit up in a room designed in such a manner. The bed is barely a couple of inches off of the floor. Therefore, sitting in a posture that isn’t damaging to your body is out of the question.

If your life necessitates that you read, write, use a lap top, etc., it is not an option that you will be able to do so in a comfortable, or even healthy, way in a shelter that doesn’t allow residents to have a table or chair.

The no table/no chair rule doesn’t foster an atmosphere of productivity. As a matter of fact, it makes me feel like I’m being institutionalized in manner that is similar to imprisonment. Again, what message does that send to a person who is residing in a homeless shelter?

-The Homeless New Yorker

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