According to the Coalition for the Homeless, last year, 1,164 children were born into the New York City homeless shelter system. This is 287 more babies than the previous two years.
[SOURCE: The New York Times]
To be in the wealthiest 1% of New York City residents, you must have an annual income of at least $713,706.
According to NBC News, “In a city of nearly 9 million people, just 38,002 [New York City] tax filers are in the 1%.
Here are some more interesting statistics regarding the wealth of New Yorkers:
Note that being a part of the top 1% of earners in New York City requires a much greater income than it does to be a part of the top 1% nationally. Being in the top 1% of earners nationally requires an annual income of $421,926.
[SOURCE: The New York Times]
Earlier this week, a Manhattan federal judge decided that Mayor de Blasio will not be disjoined from a lawsuit concerning lead-paint poisoning of residents of New York City’s public housing. According to the New York Post: “Judge William Pauley ruled that de Blasio must face the suit alleging that NYCHA poisoned children through repeated failures to fix dangerous lead-paint conditions in its apartments- and then lied to federal regulators about required inspections.”
The New York Post also states that the other defendants in the lawsuit include: NYC’s deputy mayors, the former New York City Public Housing’s Chairwoman, who resigned in 2017 due to the lead-paint cover-up fiasco, and other city officials and ex-NYCHA employees.
The Riverdale branch of the New York Public Library (NYPL), located on the city’s Upper West Side, now has a collection of business attire accessories available for patrons. The library has handbags, ties, and briefcases available for library cardholders to checkout.
According to Time Out Magazine, the collection of accessories is part of the library’s Grow Up initiative, funded via NYPL’s Innovation Project. The intention of the project is to provide New Yorkers the free use of accessories that can be worn during business interviews or special events. This initiative is aimed to assist people who may not have access to such items.
A congressional New York candidate recently tweeted the following about New York City: “For every one person experiencing homelessness here, there are about three vacant apartments.” The website Politifact decided to explore this statement and research its veracity. They found that the statement was pretty close to being accurate.
According to Politifact, there are approximately 63,000 homeless people in New York City; this number breaks down to about 32,000 households. The news source also states the following statistics from a 2017 Housing and Vacancy Survey:
Total rental units= 2,183,064
Vacant (available)= 79,190
Vacant units (not available for sale or rent)= 247,977
Held for occasional, seasonal, or recreational use= 74,945
Sold (not yet occupied)= 11,156
Undergoing renovation= 58,347
Awaiting renovation= 20,283
In legal dispute= 9,626
Held pending sale of building= 5,886
Owner’s personal problems (age, illness, etc.)
Held for other reasons= 27,009
According to a recent article published in news source Staten Island Live, approximately 1,300 Staten Islanders are homeless and residing in New York City homeless shelters. However, Staten Island itself, has only one homeless shelter.
Staten Island Live states that according to the Department of Homeless Services (DHS), the single Staten Island shelter only has the capacity to house 40 homeless families and 119 homeless people.
In an exclusive New York Daily News report, it has been disclosed that New York City is auditing Childrens Community Services, a homeless shelter provider that was granted $407 million in contracts from the City in June of 2017.
According to the New York Daily News, Childrens Community Services was granted the lucrative contracts to operate hotel shelters in New York City despite being a neophyte company that was formed only four years prior. It seems that the “nonprofit” company is currently in quite a fiscal pickle. Recent tax filings reportedly state that the company is “$6 million in the red.”
The New York Daily News states: “When the Daily News inquired about the nonprofit’s debts and murky financials, Homeless Services said it planned to procure an independent accounting firm to review Children Community Services and pare down the number of shelters the nonprofit operates.”
These are the types of dealings the City is engaging in in the midst of a homeless crisis? Who are the people making these decisions? Are there professional repercussions, and accountability, for those people’s actions? How will the City claw itself out of the homeless epidemic with going-ons like this?