The number of homeless people in the city has surged by more than 20,000 people over the past five years — with a marked spike in recent months, records show.
More than 50,000 people are homeless in New York right now, and according to Mary Brosnahan, who’s spent 25 years as the director of the Coalition for the Homeless, the problem hasn’t been this bad since the Great Depression. Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a long-term $41 billion plan to preserve existing affordable housing and build new units in the years to come, but you can support NYC’s homeless right now by offering your time or cash to any one of the city’s excellent organizations listed in our guide, below. It’s time to volunteer, NYC.
In the final part of a series commissioned by Susan Sarandon, we hear the stories of those living on the streets in our city.