According to the Coalition for the Homeless, as of November 2014, there were 60,352 homeless people in New York City. To be more detailed, there are 3,262 single homeless women and 9,064 single homeless men. Additionally, there are 25,630 homeless kids in families and 22,386 homeless adults in families. Of those families, 14,519 of them will sleep in homeless shelters tonight.
In NYC, anyone caught sleeping on sidewalks, can be charged with obstructing pedestrian traffic.
As the city wrestles with an overall homeless population of more than 60,000, young people pose a challenge not just in terms of providing shelter for them, but also in providing the right kind of shelter to lure them off the streets.