Home News Supportive Housing Right Way to ... Supportive Housing Right Way to Help Homeless Posted on August 30, 2016 by Jacquelyn Simone The numbers are stunning. On Sunday, more than 59,200 people slept in New York City shelters, including 23,433 children. As the shelters fill up, thousands of people who are homeless are housed in motels. Beyond that, NYC is trying to develop more permanent shelter space, too, but community members are quick to protest, as they did this weekend in Maspeth, where the city wants to convert a Holiday Inn Express into a shelter for more than 200 adults.