Walk through almost any New York neighborhood, and it seems as if there are more people sleeping in cardboard boxes and sleeping bags than ever. According to the Coalition for the Homeless, more than 63,000 men, women and children used the city shelters last year – an all-time high. Why has the homeless population mushroomed, and in a city where property values and rents are so high, and are steadily rising, can the homeless problem ever be solved?
Our guest is Giselle Routhier, policy director at the Coalition for the Homeless. She says New York needs to embrace bolder solutions to address this problem.