Facts About Homelessness

Number of Homeless People in NYC Shelters Each Night

white chart with a blue area graph showing people homelessness census data from 1983 to September 2022. The red arrow indicates September 2022. Red-letter reads 60,252.

In September 2022, 60,252 people slept in the main NYC shelter system.

Click below for a breakdown of children and adults in family shelters.

Families Breakdown
In September 2022, 19,310 children in families slept in DHS and HPD shelters each night.

white chart with a blue area graph showing children homelessness census data from 1983 to September 2022. The red arrow indicates September 2022. Red-letter reads 19,310.

In September 2022, 20,178 adults in families slept in DHS and HPD shelters each night.

white chart with a blue area graph showing adults in family homelessness census data from 1983 to September 2022. The red arrow indicates September 2022. Red-letter reads 20,178.

Click below for a breakdown of men and women.

Single Adults Breakdown
In September 2022, 4,669 single adult women slept in DHS and HPD shelters each night.

white chart with a blue area graph showing single women homelessness census data from 1983 to September 2022. The red arrow indicates September 2022. Red-letter reads 4,669.

In September 2022, 16,095 single adult men slept in DHS and HPD shelters each night.

white chart with a blue area graph showing single men homelessness census data from 1983 to September 2022. The red arrow indicates September 2022. Red-letter reads 16,095.

Source: NYC Department of Homeless Services and Department of Housing Preservation and Development shelter census reports, via Open Data website.

This includes DHS and HPD shelter beds. Learn more here. Also see: How many total people are homeless in NYC?

*For data through September 2011, figures for homeless families, children, and adult family members reflect end-of-month census data. All numbers for families after September 2011 and for homeless single adults (men and women) for all months reflect average daily census data.