Homeless New Yorkers Are Spending More Time in Shelters Than Ever Before

Not only are there more homeless New Yorkers today than compared to six years ago, but they’re staying in shelters an average three to four months longer than they used to, despite programs launched by Mayor Bill de Blasio to move them into permanent housing.

In January of 2013, when Mayor Mike Bloomberg was finishing his third term in office, shelter residents weren’t getting much help from the city in finding housing–they essentially left the system only if they saved up enough money for an apartment or found someone to take them in.

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