How Subway Delays and the Homeless Crisis Are Intertwined

After years of decline, New York’s subway is showing signs of improvement, with the percentage of trains running on time creeping upward.

But at least one area is getting worse: disruptions involving homeless people.

Trains were delayed 659 times last year by homeless people walking on tracks, blocking train doors and engaging in other unruly behavior — a 54 percent increase from the 428 such delays in 2014, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the subway.

And the disruptions have continued to escalate this year, with 313 train delays in the first three months.

“It’s a real challenge, and a growing challenge, and that’s consistent with the broader challenge in the city,” said Andy Byford, the official who oversees the subway. “We’re just not equipped to deal with this on our own.”

New York Lawmakers Call on Trump to Rethink Plan to Change How Poverty is Defined and Calculated

ALBANY — New York lawmakers and advocacy groups are calling on President Trump to rethink his plan to redefine poverty.

Last month, the White House Office of Management and Budget proposed changes to how inflation and the consumer price index are calculated, which would alter how poverty rates are estimated.

Currently, 12.3% of Americans, roughly 40 million people, live below the poverty line. The recalculation could impact millions who rely on government assistance programs, Assemblyman Andy Hevesi (D-Queens) and others argue.

Grim New Report Shows Rent Is Unaffordable In Every State

Plenty of evidence shows how widespread and devastating America’s housing crisis is, but perhaps none quite as starkly as this: There’s not a single state, metropolitan area or county in the U.S. where a full-time worker earning the minimum wage can afford the rent for a modest two-bedroom apartment.

Affordable housing is fundamental to a safe, healthy, stable life. It brings a host of advantages, including better physical and mental health outcomes, better access to education for children, and a better chance at upward economic mobility. Yet, for a huge swath of the population, it remains completely out of reach.

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