Homeless Shelter Opponents Pick the Wrong Target Posted on September 28, 2016 by Jacquelyn Simone Every New Yorker is aware of how the city’s homeless crisis has worsened in the last decade. We all see it, and everyone wants the problem solved – no one more so than homeless people themselves. This is a city-wide problem that derives from the severe lack of affordable housing in every borough, and is not confined to particular neighborhoods. Roughly 60,000 people – the vast majority families – sleep in homeless shelters each night, thousands sleep rough on the street, and tens of thousands more live on the brink of homelessness. City data indicate that families from nearly every community in New York experience homelessness. Last year, more than 109,000 people slept in the municipal shelter system, including over 42,000 children.