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.
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.”
A recent article in DNA Info cites a Furman Center study that states: “Only 14.8% of the buildings currently getting the tax abatement have on-site affordable housing, while an additional 4.4% support affordable housing at a different site.”
Note that tax abatements are given to real estate developers by the government in exchange for an agreement that the developers provide affordable housing units within the developments that they build. The question is: Who is monitoring the developers to make sure that they honor their agreement? Also, are there loopholes in the agreement that allows the developers to sidestep their promised obligation to offer affordable housing?
According to the New York Daily News, NYU’s Furman Center tallied that 5,246 housing units were authorized for new construction in the third quarter of 2016. Researchers tabulate this figure as a 49% increase from the previous quarter.
The question is: What percentage of these new housing units will be affordable?