NYCHA Mathematics: The Broken Elevators Edition


According to Insider, “An investigation from NY1 found that there were more than than 44,000 elevator outages in New York City public housing [NYCHA] buildings in 2018, averaging about 121 breakdowns a day.”

The elevator outages were said to last, on average, about 12 hours each.

The Insider states: There are a total of 2,351 NYCHA buildings. These buildings contain an aggregate of more than 3,200 elevators that make approximately 3.2 million trips daily. The annual budget to maintain NYCHA’s elevators is $74 million.


There Are More Homeless Children In NYC Than There Are People In Albany

Kingsbridge High School

  • New York City public schools have 114,659 homeless students; a record high.
  • “New York City has one of the highest populations of homeless students of any big city in America.”
  • “There are more homeless students in New York City than people in Albany.”
  • “At 144 [New York City] public schools, a third of the children are homeless.”
  • “Tonight, about one out of every 10 students in New York City will sleep in a homeless shelter or in the homes of relatives.”
  • Last year was the third consecutive year the number of homeless New York City public school students exceeded 100,000.
  • “For every 1,660 homeless students, there’s roughly 1 social worker.”
  • “Some students have to travel through two or more boroughs to reach school from their shelters; only about half of the city’s homeless families lived in a shelter in the same borough where their youngest child attended school last year.”
  • District 10 in the Bronx has the most homeless children out of the city’s 32 districts.  It has 10,804 homeless students.
  • District 10 “includes Kingsbridge International High School, where about 44 percent of the students who attended the school over the last four years were homeless at one point.”
  • “Last year, students living in a shelter missed an average of about 30 days in the school year.”
  • Due to living challenges, homeless students are more likely to struggle at school.  In New York City, “in the 2015-16 school year, just 12 percent of students living in shelters passed the state math exam, and 15 percent passed English.”

[SOURCE: The New York Times]


Homeless New Yorker Stat: New York City Street Homeless

HMLS New Yorker

The term, “street homeless,” is used to described homeless people who are not in the homeless shelter system, and instead live on the streets.

According to a recent New York Daily News article, the number of street homeless in New York City increased in 2017 by 39%. The article states that in 2016 there were 2,838 people in New York City who were street homeless. In 2017, that statistic skyrocketed to 3,936.


Homeless New Yorker Stat: The Rise Of Street Homelessness

HMLS New Yorker

According to a recent article in The Gothamist, estimates have stated that there is a 39% rise in street homelessness in New York City in 2017, from the year before. This estimate is based on a federally mandated count done by volunteers in February of 2017.

It should be noted that, according to The Gothamist, several entities have voiced concerns about the flawed nature of the count. Advocates have stated that fluctuations, lack of volunteers’ training, the amount of volunteers, the weather on the day of the count, and the people who are omitted from the count (such as homeless people who sleep in bank vestibules and public spaces), cause the tally to reflect a great underestimation.


Homeless New Yorker Stat: Homeless Family Composition & Employment Rates

HMLS New Yorker

I got the following statistics from charts and graphs contained in a report recently released by the City of New York entitled, “Turning the Tide on Homelessness in New York City.”

Families with children- 63%
Adult Families- 7%
Single Adults- 29%

Current Employment Rate of Shelter Residents (as of 12/2/16): (Please note that these statistics may be based on the head of household solely. Therefore, they may exclude other working homeless New Yorkers.)

Families with children- Approximately 42%
Adult families- Approximately 29%
Single adults- Approximately 18%

The “Turning the Tide on Homelessness in New York City” report also states: “A substantial number of people in shelters are working adults who cannot afford to rent an apartment given their incomes.”