Facts About Homelessness Number of Homeless People in NYC Shelters Each Night In March 2023, 75,540 people slept in the main NYC shelter system. Click below for a breakdown of children and adults in family shelters. Families In March 2023, 16,692 families slept in DHS and HPD shelters each night. Families Breakdown In March 2023, 23,697 children in families slept in DHS and HPD shelters each night. In February 2023, 27,465 adults in families slept in DHS and HPD shelters each night. Click below for a breakdown of men and women. Single Adults In March 2023, 24,378 single adults slept in DHS and HPD shelters each night. Single Adults Breakdown In March 2023, 4,979 single adult women slept in DHS and HPD shelters each night.In March 2023, 19,399 single adult men slept in DHS and HPD shelters each night. 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.