Incredibly, I haven't sensed a dramatic rise in homeless people in New York, since the economic crisis.
The New Yorker printed a brief article about a census taken of the homeless population in New York every year. On January 26, thousands of volunteers canvassed the streets to obtain an accurate homeless count.
Based on the January 2009 census, The New York Department of Homeless Services has seen a 47% decrease in homelessness since 2005. The 2009 survey showed 775 homeless people in Manhattan, 2325 homeless people overall.
The DHS takes a count of the homeless every day at city shelters, and makes the report public on their website.
For the New Yorker article, click here.
For the Department of Homeless Services website, click here
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